In search of maximum neurorehabilitation potential

Those who suffer from some degree of motor paralysis see their mobility affected and, with it, their independence to carry out daily activities ranging from feeding themselves to walking. The limitations become a disability, and they may become dependent on outside help to continue with their lives.

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The help comes from the family group, caregivers and even the State, which establishes rules such as the Law 20.422which seeks to ensure the the right to equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, in order to obtain their full social inclusion, ensuring the enjoyment of their rights and eliminatingThe aim is to achieve their full social inclusion, ensuring the enjoyment of their rights and eliminating any form of discrimination based on disability.

The Library of Congress explains that a person with a disability is a person who, having one or more physical or mental impairments -whether mental or intellectual, or sensory, of a temporary or permanent nature-, when interacting with various barriers present in the environment, their full and effective participation in society is impeded or restricted, on equal in society, on an equal footing with others.

In addition, it states that equality of opportunity is understood as the absence of discrimination on the basis of disabilityand the adoption of affirmative action measures aimed at avoiding or compensating for the disadvantages of a disabled person to participate fully in social life, promoting independence.

According to the Second National Disability Study of 2015, the adult population with disabilities and functional dependence in Chile corresponds to 40.4% of the total number of people with of the total number of persons with disabilities, which is equivalent to 1.052.787 people.

TrainFES seeks neurorehabilitation

The objective of TrainFES is to rehabilitate people with disabilities neurological disorders to achieve their maximum neurorehabilitation potential. maximum neurorehabilitation potentialTrainFES's medical professionals work daily so that users can improve their quality of life through technological development and innovation.

To this end, it has a multidisciplinary multidisciplinary team Physiatrists, kinesiologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists, who lead and develop the integral rehabilitation programs. integral rehabilitation that combine technology with permanent support to improve the quality of life of the user.

In addition to the assessment and guidance of healthcare professionals, the pursuit of comprehensive rehabilitation relies on technological solutions such as the following:

  • State-of-the-art technology: Functional electrostimulation (FES) is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate paralyzed or weakened muscles. It can be applied using the TrainFES Advancedevice, which generates coordinated muscle contractions.
  • TrainFES Rehab: application for smartphones that allows you to perform daily exercises autonomously at home, maintaining therapeutic continuity by always being connected to a specialist.
  • Inertial motion sensor: Synchronizes electrostimulation with daily life tasks. Acts as a biofeedback and is essential in neurorehabilitation, since by evoking functional movements it enhances neuronal plasticity.

Neurorehabilitation potential

Recovery options

The TrainFES methodology methodology allows treating diagnoses such as spinal cord injury (SCI), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), cerebral palsy (CP), in addition to pelvic floor rehabilitation.

In addition, it minimizes the risk of possible complications associated with paralysis (thrombosis, bedsores and infections), benefits the cardio-metabolic system, regulates muscle tone, reduces spasticity and reduces pain. 

With technological innovation, medical monitoring and a virtual rehabilitation platform, the program allows for up to 10 times more effective therapies. up to 10 times more effective therapies than with a conventional method, with a recovery potential equal to or better than in a face-to-face program.

This is possible thanks to the methodology of home training and telerehabilitation and telerehabilitation, which allows to increase the frequency of exercise and accelerate the progress of therapy, with individualized plans according to the potential of each user.

Evidence of improvement in TrainFES patients

A characterization study of TrainFES in 99 patients who entered brain injury programs between October 2022 and March 2023, with whom selected groups were tested in order to measure their evolution, demonstrated benefits related to mobility.

With the maximum recovery potential in focus, measurement of 85 patients between their first training session and the second month of therapy established their ability to remain sedentary (sitting or with legs at rest), bipedal or walking.

In the first evaluation, 22 of the patients were sedentary, 19 were bipedal and 44 were walking.

Of those who reached the sedentary level, the majority (72.7%) presented an advance in the functional level and 12 of them moved to a bipedal level (54.5%), whereas 4 were able to walk (18.2%)..

Among those who achieved bipedalism, 10 passed to walking (52.6%) and 9 maintained their level (47.4).

None of the patients regressed in their functional level during therapy at TrainFES.

The fulfilled desire to walk again

An operation for a problem close to the spinal column has left Cristián Cuevas with a complete spinal cord injury, which took away the mobility and sensitivity of both legs, leaving him wheelchair-bound.

In 2019 he started the rehabilitation process at TrainFESand month by month, thanks to his effort and the guidance of the doctors, he consolidated his achievements until he got up. And when the year was ending, he climbed all the steps of the Bahai Temple in Santiago by himself.

"Two years ago I couldn't even feel or move my legs, today I can walk."Cristián, who was forced by LM to freeze his university studies when he was in his first year, emphasizes.

Today Cristián continues to train every day to improve his gait and quality of life. His effort and perseverance led him to study a career in computer science and programming, which led him to join the team of TrainFESwhere he works to develop technology for the future of neurorehabilitation. future of neurorehabilitation.

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