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30/01/2020
Stroke treatment a first for Victoria

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A new advanced suite of robotic equipment recently installed at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital is hastening the recovery of stroke patients and maintaining function in Parkinson’s disease sufferers. The hospital is the first in Victoria to offer the state-of-the-art technology combining robotics and sensor-based computer systems to enable patients with impaired motor function to undertake repetitive hand, arm and shoulder training more effectively and in a shorter period. 

The AMADEO®, MYRO®, PABLO® and TYMO® robotic system recreates the sensation of movement to a patient’s fingers, arms and shoulders, stimulating the brain to reorganise itself and allow intact parts of the brain to take over the tasks of damaged areas.

Using the new technology as a part of a patient’s rehabilitation increases the number of repetitions they can do over a shorter period, which can lead to a quicker recovery for stroke sufferers.

The system is also effective in maintaining function in Parkinson’s disease sufferers. As Parkinson’s disease progresses, it can be harder for the body to perform even basic movements. Repetitive upper limb training using the new robotic suite can be effective in maintaining function for Parkinson’s sufferers.

The technology allows therapy to be finely tuned to a patient’s specific needs, with even small improvements becoming visible — a big motivator for patients. Thanks to the gamified exercises available, treatment feel less like therapy and more like fun.

ST JOHN OF GOD FRANKSTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
A: 255-265 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
T: 9788 3333
W: www.sjog.org.au/Frankston

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