Photo: Elderly woman exercising one arm with a dumbbell; Copyright: PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia (YAYMicro)

Rehabilitation: Exercising one arm has twice the benefits

26/10/2020

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has revealed that training one arm can improve strength and decrease muscle loss in the other arm – without even moving it.
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Photo: Smartphone with patient data stream next to shoes with the wearables on it; Copyright: National University of Singapore

Gait analysis: Wireless sensor system for portable, accurate and affordable wearables

12/10/2020

Gait analysis is an important clinical measurement used for medical diagnosis of sports injuries, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy, and for assessing frailty and fall risk of the elderly. Now, researchers developed a novel wireless sensor system capable of achieving clinical gait measurements with comparable accuracies to the current gold-standard mat.
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Photo: Screenshot from virtual boxing for people during stroke rehabilitation; Copyright: University of East Anglia

Stroke: Putting virtual rehabilitation to the test

09/10/2020

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have been putting virtual reality rehabilitation for stroke survivors to the test: They have created a new gaming platform which uses low cost videogame technology to improve the lives of stroke patients living with complex neurological syndromes caused by their stroke.
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Photo: Elderly man during stroke rehabilitation; Copyright: PantherMedia/DesignPicsInc

Rehabilitation after stroke: There's no place like home

07/10/2020

Stroke patients who get professional rehabilitation training in their homes through live video consultations may recover their motor skills better than those who do their rehab in person with a therapist at an outpatient rehabilitation facility, according to a new study. Remote rehabilitation may also promote greater brain connectivity, the study said.
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Digitization enhances care and rehabilitation

06/10/2020

Whether it’s rehabilitation, physiotherapy or the care sector – digitization continues to transform healthcare processes. REHACARE.com took a closer look at the latest up-and-coming projects and developments and examined their opportunities.
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Photo: Female nurse points her finger at the screen of the tablet she is holding in her hand; Copyright: PantherMedia/EdZbarzhyvetsky

Care and rehabilitation: Focus on digitization

06/10/2020

Whether in prevention or rehabilitation – digitization offers support for complex processes. While special software and apps, for example, can relieve nursing staff through time-saving and efficient work, digitally oriented research projects enable optimal management of multiple sclerosis. Find out more in our current Topic of the Month October: Care and rehabilitation: Focus on digitization.
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Researchers report positive results for ReWalk ReStore exosuit in stroke rehabilitation

16/09/2020

A team of U.S. researchers published the results of a multi-center, single-arm trial of the ReWalk ReStore™ for gait training in individuals undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation. They found the device safe and reliable during treadmill and overground walking under the supervision of physical therapists.
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Image: A female therapeut is practicing speaking with an old man, using drawings and models of the human vocal apparatus; Copyright: Edith Cowan University

Quality over quantity in recovering language after stroke

14/09/2020

New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found that intensive therapy is not necessarily best when it comes to treating the loss of language and communication in early recovery after a stroke.
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Photo: A female therapist in blue hospital working clothes in standing next to a man. He is sitting in a training device with a seat and a steering wheel; Copyright: Automobile Sodermanns

REHA-SLIDE Assist: wheelchair-to-car-transfer made easy

03/08/2020

Mobility is a vital component of self-determination. Wheelchair users who drive their own vehicles have to transfer from their wheelchairs into the driver's seat. This can be a challenge, especially for new wheelchair users. The REHA-SLIDE is an assist device that helps them practice this transition skill.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Boy with a disability undergoing animal-assisted rehabilitation with a dog; Copyright: PantherMedia/tifonimages

Rehabilitation in review: Helping children and young adults

04/06/2020

Whether it’s animal-assisted, game-aided, or by using digital tools – targeted early rehabilitation is important, if not essential for children and young adults with disabilities to promote self-determination and positive quality of life outcomes. What are the latest trends and developments? And how does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the industry sector?
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Photo: Boy during playful gait training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: PantherMedia/olesiabilkei

Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation

04/06/2020

Digitally and gamified or with the help of animals – there are various ways to motivate especially children and young people for rehabilitative measures. What role these play in everyday rehabilitation and how the industry is dealing with the current Corona pandemic, you can read in our Topic of the Month June: Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation.
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Photo: Young person during arm training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: VAMED Klinik Hattingen

Rehabilitation during the Coronavirus outbreak: Clinical facilities stay flexible

04/06/2020

Covering mouth and nose and keeping as much distance as possible to prevent the spread of disease – if physical touch is severely restricted and involves protective measures, rehabilitation becomes an especially difficult endeavor. How have rehabilitation facilities dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic in the recent past and have things changed as the country starts to open up?
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Photo: Man uses the Neofect Smart Glove for playful digital exercises at home; Copyright: Neofect

Neofect: "Digitization enabled us to gamify rehabilitation"

23/04/2020

Light, individual and motivating: The portable therapy devices by Neofect aim to facilitate modern hand, arm and shoulder rehabilitation for rehab facilities and homecare use. We asked Scott Kim, CEO and co-founder of Neofect, to what extend gamification and digitization are advantages for the rehabilitation sector.
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EUTB Peer Counseling – Support at eye level

03/02/2020

Questions about rehabilitation or participation? In Germany, people with disabilities, their family members or people at risk of disability can call on EUTB (English: Complementary Independent Participation Counseling), to receive free nationwide support. The service emphasizes peer counseling – peers helping peers – and is an important tool to foster empowerment.
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Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25/07/2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Photo: Georg Teufl during rehabilitation process with a stroke patient using virtual reality glasses; Copyright: Rewellio GmbH

Stroke: Digitalization of rehabilitation with Rewellio

27/06/2019

Mobile devices like tablets can help people with rehabilitation after a stroke – like with an app or virtual reality. Rewellio starts right here and wants to make therapy easier both for the patients and the physiotherapists. REHACARE.com talked to Georg Teufl, founder and CEO of Rewellio GmbH, about the advantages of his product and digitalization in general.
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Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke

"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22/03/2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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