upper extremities - Arm and Hand Rehabilitation

Armeo® Therapy

In neurorehabilitation, arm therapies are used mainly for patients with paralysis of the upper extremities, which result from lesions in the central nervous system (e.g. after a stroke). The primary goal of modern therapeutic concepts is to maintain and restore the motor skills of the affected arm. Similar to gait rehabilitation, the biological basis of the restoration of motor skills is neural plasticity; i.e. the brain’s ability to adapt itself to changed conditions by reorganizing itself (e.g. by building new synapses and facilitating suppressed neural networks). The latest clinical findings show that therapeutic methods that are based on active, high-intensity, task-specific movement training are superior to traditional methods.

The Armeo Therapy concept supports functional, task-specific, self-directed and intensive movement therapy in a motivating and inspiring environment. By providing support for the affected arm and hand, all products within the Armeo Therapy Concept allow patients to reacquire and improve their motor control. Even severely impaired patients can practice independently, without the constant presence of a therapist, allowing patients to fully potential for recovery.

"I came from nowhere and I know it worked."

Tea's Story

Danijel's Story

"I have gradually improved"

"I have been using the Armeo for the past six months at Neuroworx. I have gradually improved in each of the different therapies. Because of the ArmeoSpring, I have noticed improvement in strength and functioning with my left arm and hand. I can reach higher and I can hold my jacket together easier to zip it up."

Sam Arishita, SCI, C5 quadriplegic, Neuroworx, USA

“It’s an absolutely positive experience for the ego, to self-initiate the movement!"

Tina was operated at the University Hospital Marburg, Germany, and afterwards went from one rehabilitation center to another. While initially rehab was all about improving walking, for a few months now she primarily has been training her left arm. "In the beginning, my arm was extremely spastic. In everyday life I only used the healthy arm, because I didn’t want to waste 10 minutes on opening the door with my left hand, while I could do it in an instant with my right hand."

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"Although the training is challenging, it’s also great fun and after only a few training session I can actively use my arm again"

Just like any other weekday, Hans-Jürgen Bischofs was on his way to work. He had almost arrived at his office, when a stroke hit him. “I was right in the middle of a street, just crossing it, when I had the stroke,” the 65 year old remembers. “People called for an ambulance and I was taken to a hospital.” There, doctors found out that Mr. Bischofs had suffered from an apoplexia, which had damaged a part of his left hemisphere. This blow of fate came in 1993. Since then a lot has happened.

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"What's more, the exercises are fun because the tasks are very motivating."

For many years, Hermann Lutz suffered from a very painful arthrosis of the left shoulder. His mobility was severely restricted, and he could barely use his arm. Hermann Lutz describes his restricted mobility as follows: "It was very difficult to dress myself or to take a book from the bookcase. I was only able to wash my hair with my right hand."

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"We are thrilled to see how upper extremity rehabilitation in stroke patients can be enhanced with this therapy – our first clinical experiences are very positive".

Sarah Housman, Occupational Therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, USA

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