Stroke Rehabilitation with NeuroMove™

The NeuroMove™ technique assists in teaching healthy parts of the brain after a stroke to take over lost functionality through Neuroplasticity. Patients no longer have to live with plateau level functionality, the NeuroMove is breaking that barrier.

The NeuroMove™ is cleared by the FDA specifically for Stroke Rehab and has been proven effective in many clinical studies. Many stroke and spinal cord injured patients in the US and abroad have experienced dramatic results with this device.

How the NeuroMove™ Works

NeuroMove™ works by detecting the attempts to move a muscle group sent from the brain. These attempts are shown in the display as significant increases in the signal over regular muscle activity. The built-in microprocessor intelligently distinguishes between regular muscle activity, muscle tone, noise and real attempts in the EMG. When a real attempt is detected, the unit “rewards” the patient with a few seconds of muscle contraction, where the visual and sensory feedback serves as an important element in relearning the movement. This is similar to the well known learning technique of “Pavlov’s Dog”.

NeuroMove™ also prompts the patient to relax just as often, and experience has shown that this element is significant in learning to control a muscle group. Better relaxation of a muscle group can sometimes be noticed as few as ten minutes into the first treatment session.

NeuroMove™ detects attempts even below where trace movements are visible. Several patients have found this capability to be very motivating, as they saw they could make a difference, where previously, they had no indication of their attempts.

Testimonials

  • I went to work today and everyone was surprised at how I could open my hand. I worked on my hand extension then I worked on my hand flexion that all took bout 45 minutes. Then I worked on my ankle and put it where I thought my muscles were for my toes and I worked with them about 20 minutes. Talk to you on Monday. I will be doing it again on Saturday. Thank you very much I love this little machine…

    D. Gonzalez

  • I had a pediatric stroke at age 4 in 1964. I went to a therapist for rehabilitation this year and was told my paralyzed hand was at the moderate level. I started to sew with my paralyzed hand. I decided to try to the NeuroMove machine NM 900 to see if I could get movement back. From the moment I put on the machine I tried to bend my wrist up and was successful. I started to sew using the machine…

    Donna D.

  • He is doing so well; Talking much better, Thinking more clearly, using his right hand so much better. (I even put a piece of toast in his right hand the other day, and just had to help him hold it still a little while he took bites. He was a little tired afterwards… it’s a strain to work that hard!) My dad is doing so much better, I’ve been thinking of using the AutoMove in combination with little restraint therapy (restraining the left arm forcing him to use the right arm)…

    Nancy B.

NeuroMove™ in the News

NeuroMove™ can be used in the clinic 3-5 times per week no longer than 30 minute intervals. Longer intervals are not common, since concentration and focus is the key to achieving better control of motor functions.

NeuroMove™ adjusts automatically to the levels produced by each patient and to each new session. This makes NeuroMove™ effective both for patients with spasticity/muscle tone as well as patients with flaccid extremities. No programming is necessary – just attach three electrodes, turn the unit on and set the muscle contraction (reward) – and go!

You can use NeuroMove™ with as many patients as you need. It automatically adjusts to each patient’s ability as you are providing them this therapy. No modifications are necessary, the NeuroMove™ does it all for you.

Please note: We take all insurances except for Medicare & Medicaid. Medicare replacement plans are fine, and Medicaid as a secondary is fine.

Safety features: Electrode alarm, electronic timer lock of stimulation level and all functions are checked for errors before commencing any treatment.

  • Built-in battery which needs to be recharged once a week. Battery requires 80% or higher charge for optimal performance.
  • Graphical display with 60 seconds of history and a threshold which is automatically adjusted to an attainable goal. The internal processor sets this goal in a very logical fashion and the patient is rewarded for attempts which exceed the previous level.
  • The NeuroMove™ is so sensitive, it can detect attempts to move a muscle even before neuron firing can cause visible contractions of muscle fibers. The self-adjusting feature of the NeuroMove not only adjusts to every individual patient, but also adjusts to every new treatment session. Patients with severe muscle tone can therefore also benefit from this treatment and will usually experience reduced muscle tone and more control of the extremity.
  • A mode specifically for spinal cord injury patients, with an EMG setting that is 5 times more sensitive than that of the stroke mode.
EMG sensitivity: 0.25 – 1000 μV RMS
Output Current: 0-100 mA into 1.0 K ohm
Sample Rate: 3,300 samples per second
Pulsewidth: 50 – 400 μs
Frequency: 2 – 160 Hz
Time on: 0.5 – 30 sec.
Time off: 0.1 – 60 sec.
Ramp-up and down: 0.1 – 6 sec.
Waveform: Biphasic.

Where do I send the prescription?

Fax: (800) 495-6695

Do I need a prescription?

YES. This is a FDA requirement. We need a copy of a physician’s prescription before we can send the unit. It should say NeuroMove™ therapy and not muscle-stim or biofeedback.

Can the NeuroMove™ be used at home?

YES. The NeuroMove™ is especially suited for home use. The device is self-adjusting, so there should be no adjustments necessary. In some cases a longer rest-period is desirable to allow for a longer time to relax.

My physician/therapist tells me that I have reached a "plateau" and that I should not expect more improvement.

All patients in the clinical studies were more than six months post-stroke. One clinical study concludes that there is no relationship between the results and the time since the stroke.

My stroke was several years ago. Will the NeuroMove™ work for me?

Clinical research shows that there is no relationship between the time since the stroke and results.

Is this like a Tens unit?

NO. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is only electrical stimulation used for pain relief. TENS has no effect whatsoever on stroke recovery.

Is this like regular muscle stimulation?

NO, the stimulation is only applied WHEN the patient comes up with a REAL attempt to move the muscle, and only then the stimulation is applied for typically five seconds. There is no muscle training involved with this small amount of stimulation; it is merely a replacement for any other reward such as giving the patient a piece of candy, etc. This is found to be the most effective form of feedback, as the patient can see that he/she can actually make a difference and move the muscle – just by thinking about it. Some patients also benefit from the sensory feedback in addition to the visual.

Is this like regular biofeedback?

NO, regular EMG (electromyography) may in some cases also have a very sensitive input, but for most other applications the input signals are filtered and averaged (RMS) so that the small changes do not affect a steady and clear reading for monitoring. For stroke survivors – some of whom have nearly no EMG activity or a lot of muscle tone with high background “noise” – regular EMG/biofeedback will not stand a chance of detecting the changes that indicate a real attempt from the brain. The NeuroMove measures peak values in the EMG and has a very fast input circuitry. Instead of averaging the input it does the opposite -it looks for a pattern in the small changes that indicate a real attempt. A very effective demonstration of this is when a non-patient actually triggers the NeuroMove just by thinking about it and imagining a movement.

I have a lot of muscle tone. Will it help?

NeuroMove therapy often reduces the muscle tone or spasms, mainly due to the muscle stimulation that is applied 20-50 times during the half hour session. You may call this a “side-effect”.

When does NeuroMove therapy not work?

When a patient is not cognitively intact, confused, not able to concentrate on simple tasks or is simply not motivated (Note: sometimes other family members or friends more than the patient) – Since it is “brain exercise” it does not work without motivation and concentration.

We offer a variety of ways for you to get started with the NeuroMove treatment, including four different lease options or a cash discount if you decide to purchase the device.

We provide professional discounts, with additional incentives if you are purchasing multiple devices. We have several finance plans available as well.

If you are interested in purchasing or leasing the Neuromove, please email info@zynex.com.