Medical technology is advancing and soon enough we’ll hear about pioneering devices that can cure even the most puzzling medical conditions. Getting back on your feet after a stroke and undergoing a rehabilitation program can be rather challenging. Yet, it’s important to improve life quality and regain independence.
Believe it or not, we live in a world of innovations. Recent research studies have revealed a cutting edge stroke rehabilitation device that can help patients recover from a stroke. With this terrific invention, patients who tried several rehabilitation practices for more than a year, made incredible progress. Some of them recovered 70% of their motor functions in only a month during the trial.
Introducing the SynPhNe
The amazing stroke therapy system is referred to as Synergistic Physio-Neuro Platform or SynPhNe, and it’s currently undergoing comprehensive clinical investigations and viability trials at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Thus far, it was used in more than 150 patients and none of them presented side effects. Patients who tried it claimed that they only felt fatigue during the process and nothing more.
How does SynPhNe work?
The pioneering system had an arm band and a headset. Both are wired to a computer that runs on a custom software program. The patient will have to follow along an on-screen movement video for the neural sensors to monitor their brain activity. At the same time, the arm band sensors are meant to keep track of the muscular activity in the affected arm.
If they can’t perform an action, the program will use sensor readings to determine the reason. Let assume a patient wishes to move his wrist, but he can’t. SynPhNe will have the ability to show the patient that his mind already sent the signal, the muscles got it, but due to opposing and supporting muscles, the patient will have to relax to move the wrist. However, the system is not entirely complete because during the therapy, the patient can feel anxious and that affects muscle control. The good news is SynPhNe shows stress levels on the screen, and it will teach patients to control their posture and breathing in order to regain balance and continue the therapy.
SynPhNe was developed by Dr. John Heng, senior researcher and Mr. Banerji Subhasis, his PhD student. The research team published more than 11 scientific papers about the system’s main principles and their efficiency. Dr. Heng says that although current rehabilitation technique useful for patients are useful, there are still many more people who still have difficulties when performing ordinary activities such as drinking from a mug or holding a spoon.
The SynPhNe device is being tested and 10 patients have participated at the 12 sessions of the trial, each one lasting approximately 90 minutes. So far, it proved to be incredibly effective and able to speed up recovery in all patients. Similarly, sufferers with hand weakness and control issues were the ones who improved the most, in various cases up to 70%.
With these amazing results, scientists now intend to create a start-up firm and turn the SynPhNe prototype into a fine stroke therapy kit, which everyone can use at home. The kit is going to feature an affordable price, much less than the majority of other rehabilitation systems on the market. Professor Heng claims that the reduced cost of the device will allow a subsidy or rental scheme for patients who want to practice in the comfort of their own residences and not go to a rehabilitation center.
SynPhNe was inspired by the body-and-mind philosophy preached in traditional practices like Yoga and Aikido. Mr. Subhasis, who is a yoga and martial arts practitioner, struggled for more than 30 years to bring holistic healing techniques in the medical world. During his latest study, patients who managed to synergize their bodies and minds had impressive improvements. Training patients to self-control their body and minds boosts confidence. Stroke survivors will be able to change their lifestyles and get over their conditions without having to turn to any other type of treatment.
The SynPhNe device has certainly managed to grab attention. Thus far, it’s just a prototype looking to make its way into the medical field. As long as the two researchers are dedicating their time to improve it, the end result will certainly be revolutionary.