OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

At the Euromedica-Lyudia Occupational Therapy department, our goal is to help the patient return to his/her everyday life and facilitate his/her reintegration into the family, social and work environment. Following the referral by the Physiatrist and in continuous co-operation with them, the Occupational Therapist evaluates and designs a personalized intervention program for the patient. Through the application of a scientific approach, use of modern technology, as well as experiential simulation in a specially designed training facility, the Occupational Therapist helps the patient develop and improve motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. The patient practices everyday-living activities, so that he/she can achieve the maximum level of functionality, independence, and autonomy in his/her everyday life, significantly improving the quality of life of both himself/herself and his/her family.

Upper Limb Training System (ARMEO SPRING)

The world-renowned upper limb training system, ARMEO SPRING, implemented by the Hocoma company, is included in the equipment of the Euromedica-Lydia Rehabilitation Center. By providing weight support to the arm, the Armeo Spring allows patients to use any possible motor functions and encourages them to achieve a greater number of approach and comprehension movements based on specific therapeutic goals.

Since all activity, during training, is based on the patient’s own movements, this recurrent training protocol leads to better, faster and improved long-term results. Armeo Spring allows hand training implementation in a three-dimensional environment with six axes of rotation and so enables patients to practice movements that are important both for the progress of their treatment and for their daily lives. The ergonomic and adjustable extra-skeletal component of the Armeo Spring hugs the entire upper limb from the shoulder to the wrist and compensates for the weight of the patient’s arm. Embedded sensors record the active movements and all corners of the joint during treatment.

An extensive archive of motion games and activities has been designed to train patients in basic movements commonly used in everyday life. Interaction and occupation with these games and activities give the patients motivation to achieve better performance, and this, in turn, contributes to their motor skills improvement, leading them to greater movement independence and better quality of life.

REHA-DIGIT (Shoulder-Finger Ladder)

The Reha-Digit fills a gap in upper limb rehabilitation protocols. It can be used in patients with neurological disorders after hand surgery or in orthopedics. The Reha-Digit stimulates the mechanoreceptors of the hand. The device can also apply vibration and pressure stimuli and can alter speed accordingly in order to restore sensory and motor capabilities.

The Reha-Digit’s smooth motions move the fingers gently and continuously, leading to improved blood circulation and thus an improved metabolic function. They also remove the accumulated lymph and lead to improved mobility of the fingers and the entire hand.

The recurrent and continuous motions, as well as the gentle vibration of the Reha-Digit, reduce spasticity in the fingers. Reduced muscle tone allows for a much smoother motion.

REHA-SLIDE

The REHA-SLIDE is a training device aiming at both hands, for partially paraplegic patients. This device is aimed at restoring the arm of patients presented with unilateral damage following stroke, with paralysis, with head injury, with a spastic infantile paralysis and joint injuries.

During treatment using the REHA-SLIDE, the affected side of the body is guided by the healthy side, resulting in reactivation of the affected side of the brain through stimulation. The additional training through this bilateral exercise is intended to activate the affected side.

In cases of patients who have suffered a stroke, a limb interdependence phenomenon is very often observed. For example, in an attempt to bend the elbow, patients also parallelly activate their healthy side to facilitate their movement. In order to achieve balance between the therapeutic needs and the patient’s progress, motion resistance can easily be adjusted by means of a regulator.