Montreal Neurotherapy and recoveriX help Motor Rehabilitation After Stroke

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Montreal Neurotherapy is proud to present to their patients the new After Stroke Motor Rehabilitation treatment, recoveriX. recoveriX is the first rehabilitation system for stroke patients that pairs mental activities with motor functions.

The brain receives visual and tactile feedback in real-time, and that is what makes rehabilitation so effective. For example, if a stroke patient imagines a hand movement while receiving visual feedback through a virtual avatar, and tactile feedback through electrical muscle stimulation at the same time, then these patients might regain the ability to grasp again, as example.

A Success Story Video

Mrs. Savin suddenly suffered a stroke. It came without warning, and left her right arm completely paralyzed. After participating in recoveriX-therapyshe was soon able to move her right arm againrecoveriX uses state-of-the-art neurotechnology that leads to success even in the case of chronic disorders.

We had the chance to talk with Mrs. Savin after she had completed recoveriX therapy. Watch the interview (English Subtitle):

The Science:

Scientific Articles & Research (Acrobat PDF documents):

How does recoveriX work?

A stroke might inhibit your ability to move, but maybe not your ability to imagine movement! Imagine a hand or a foot movement. The imagination triggers nearly the same activity in the brain as a real hand or foot movement – this is what exactly we can use for our therapy! A combination of three feedback-systems improve your chances for successful therapy.

1— Mental imagination

Imagine a hand or a foot movement. Our EEG cap can measure your brainwaves, which reflect your motor imagery. Motor imagery produces brain activity similar to an active movement. The recoveriX system analyses this brain activity and can determine whether the motor imagery was correct.

2— Visual Feedback

The simulation on the screen makes your movement imagination visible. You sit in front of a screen, where you can see the hands or feet of an “avatar” (virtual person). This should give you the feeling of watching your own movements in front of a mirror. If the system identifies a correct imagination of the movement (such as a right hand movement), the avatar moves the right hand. So you can control the avatar’s movements with your mind, which should help you relearn to control your own movements.

3— Electrical Stimulation

The imagined movement leads to electrical stimulation of the affected muscles – without pain! For this stimulation, two electrodes are placed (for example) on the dorsiflexors of the wrist. If the system recognizes a correct motor imagery, the muscles get electrically stimulated, causing a real movement.
This should help you re-learn how to initiate movement, and thus make movement possible again.

  • These three rehabilitation components help the brain reorganize to be able to perform movements again independently.
  • At the end of every therapy session, the system shows you a complete evaluation of your training success, and delivers a clear representation of your improvements.

For the patient:

Do not hesitate to Contact Us about this new tool use at the Montreal Neurotherapy Center and see how we can help you regain a good quality of life!