Beechfield Healthcare is helping to close the gap on the lack of upper body stroke therapy solutions after being appointed as the distributor for Ireland of a cutting edge device.
The Dublin-based mobility outfit launched The Bimeo upper body rehab device at the Irish Heart Foundation’s Stroke Conference in Croke Park on Friday.
The device, supplied by Kinestica, is designed to replace the traditional stroke therapy methods. The Bimeo uses virtual reality gaming and is designed to encourage patients to continue with the vital daily exercise by making the rehabilitation exercises entertaining, challenging and fun.
Regular exercise can boost stroke survivors’ chances of regaining full arm and hand use and the Bimeo uses rehabilitation activities that are closely oriented to situations from daily life.
These exercises are synchronised with the device through sensors, which capture objective data to provide the clinician with insight into the patient’s progress. The progress is monitored, and the treatment can be adjusted to maximise individual benefit and speed up recovery.
The device allows therapists to prescribe a wide variety of therapy options including bimanual and unimanual mode, isolated arm joint mode, unimanual and bimanual mode with support and support sphere mode.
The various therapy modes require different therapeutic attachments which are quickly changed via the quick release mechanism and a few clicks of the simple user interface.
The Bimeo benefits both the patient and the therapist, as a single therapist can simultaneously assist multiple patients exercising with the Bimeo.
Speaking at the launch, James Gargan, commercial director for Beechfield Healthcare, said: “The enthusiastic response we’ve received from clinicians has been tremendous.
“The lack of upper body therapy solutions has been a reoccurring subject for quite some. When we saw Bimeo in action, we knew it would be a fantastic addition to our rehabilitation offering.”