Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 13, 2012
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Myomo, Inc. have partnered to bring the first Myomo mPower 1000 to the Philadelphia area. The Myomo mPower 1000, a portable, lightweight functional arm brace that restores movement to a weakened arm as a result of neuromuscular damage, provides a new modality through which Magee Rehabilitation can continue to deliver top-quality therapy from the hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs.
“The Myomo mPower 1000 is an innovative and fascinating technology that adds an additional dimension to the rehabilitation of our patients with neurological impairments,” said Paula Bonsall, MS, OTR/L, team leader at the Neuro-Rehabilitation Center at Magee. “The combination of EMG Sensing and Myoelectric Technology allows us to teach clients to not only how to increase desired movement, but also to inhibit unwanted muscle activity. But the benefits aren’t just physical. To see your arm move for the first time after a period of non-use helps our patients see that with the right therapy and technology, recovery is possible.”
The Myomo mPower 1000 incorporates a noninvasive myoelectric platform technology in a wearable device that enables a patient to initiate-and-control their own motion. The portable arm brace has been proven effective in helping with functional repetitive tasks practice during therapy and assists patients in daily living activities in the home. The mPower 1000 technology does not use electrical impulses or stimulation. It reads weak muscle signal and sends it to the device’s computer which allows patients to move their affected arm.
“Myomo is dedicated to helping stroke survivors and others affected by neurological and muscular conditions relearn muscle motion and regain quality of life, helping to reclaim independence and improve outcomes,” said Paul R. Gudonis, chief executive officer, Myomo. “We are pleased to be working with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital to bring the Myomo mPower to patients in the Philadelphia area.”
About Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, a founding member of the Jefferson Health System and part of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley and a model centers for spinal cord injury, is the Philadelphia region’s original provider of physical and cognitive rehabilitation. The not-for-profit health organization provides lifetime rehabilitation and wellness programs for individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation, orthopedic injury, geriatric illness or work injury.
Myomo®, Inc. is a medical technology company leading the way in extending Myoelectric Prosthetic Technology to powered bracing devices that restore an individual’s mobility. The Myomo technology was originally developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with medical experts affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
Our mission is to improve mobility and restore independence for individuals who suffer from debilitating muscle weakness due to conditions such as stroke and other neuro-muscular conditions. The Myomo Mobility System is designed to enable individuals to self-initiate and control movement of partially paralyzed limbs using their own muscle signals.
With the Myomo mPower 1000 System, we help people regain voluntary movement of their arm. The Myomo Myoelectric Platform Technology is the foundation for the development of future Myomo devices that will help in the mobility for other affected areas such as the hand wrist, knee and ankle.