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While there are many diseases and disorders that can affect life’s trajectory, there are none quite as severe as neurological diseases. Our bodies don’t function properly when the brain doesn’t work correctly. However, innovation has made it possible to treat neurological disorders in a way that can allow a person to live every day and full life. Continue reading to discover more about neurological diseases and some devices to improve a patient’s quality of life.
What Is Neurological Disease?
Neurological diseases and disorders are medical conditions that affect the brain and nerves in the human body and spinal cord. They can cause structural, biochemical, or electrical abnormalities in the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. Neurological disease reveals itself in several ways with symptoms like poor coordination, loss of sensation, seizures, confusion, pain, and altered levels of consciousness.
Neurological diseases and disorders affect millions of people each year. Some of the more common conditions include:
Parkinson’s disease: a progressive nervous system disorder that mainly affects coordination. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but several treatments are available.
Headaches: are the most common neurological disorder and can affect a person of any age. While most headaches aren’t problematic, sudden and frequent headaches should be discussed with a doctor.
Epilepsy and seizures: are common and involve abnormal electrical activity in the brain (which causes seizures).
Stokes: are common and crucial neurological disorders. Stokes are the lack of blood flow to the brain, caused mainly by clots or blockages in the arteries.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS: also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is rare and affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cause, although doctors suspect genetics and environmental factors.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: includes symptoms like getting lost, memory changes, difficulty managing finances, and forgetting close relatives’ names.
While some of these conditions are progressive, there are therapeutics that can be helpful, including robotics and other devices. Some devices that a person with a neurological disease may find helpful include:
FitMi for the Clinic
This interactive full-body device is a complete stroke rehabilitation system. It is used in more than 3,000 hospitals and rehabilitation centers. According to flintrehab.com, it is one of the neurorehabilitation devices that help patients recover faster.
With the FitMi for the Clinic device, therapists can create a custom regimen for each patient that determines what body region will be exercised. It also gives patients immediate encouragement with visual, auditory, and haptic feedback while they exercise. Some of its other features include:
- Improves mobility for arms, hands, core, and legs
- It is ready to use right out of the box
- There is no special training required for use
- It adapts to each patient’s level of recovery
Braccio di Ferro
Braccio di Ferro is a new haptic workstation for neuromotor rehabilitation. Haptic workstations are ground-breaking 3D haptics made with CyberGlove Systems. The 3D haptics station is a fully integrated system that is simulated. It provides right and left whole hand haptic feedback, immersive 3D viewing, and is easy to use interactive software.
When used for neurological rehabilitation, the Braccio di Ferro has very low friction and inertia, mechanical robustness, and can operate in different planes. It allows the operator to add new functionalities to their rehabilitation.
Many first symptoms of neurological disease are presented with symptoms in the hands. That is why medical schools teach students to begin systematic examinations by looking at the patient’s hands. Some neurological diseases where the hands offer a telltale sign include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Motor Neurone disease
- Hereditary neuropathy
MusicGlove works to improve hand function. It motivates users to move their fingers and perform hundreds of therapeutic hand and finger exercises while playing and engaging in musical games. Users put the glove on their hands and go.
Other attributes of the MusicGlove include:
- It has been proven to improve hand function in two weeks with six hours of use
- There are functions gains, such as opening doors, washing dishes, and being able to independently use bathrooms
- It motivates high-intensity movements that initiate neuroplasticity in the brain
As you have read, when the brain doesn’t function properly, our bodies don’t function properly. Neurological diseases and disorders are medical conditions that affect the brain and nerves in the human body and spinal cord. However, innovation has made it possible for a person suffering from a neurological disease or disorder to use devices to improve their condition. Some of those devices are listed above, and using them can improve the quality of a sufferer’s life.