Neurological rehabilitation specialist MOTIONrehab has specified a range of advanced equipment to kit out its newly-opened centre in Leeds.
The new neuro rehabilitation centre is a first for the UK and specialises in high intensity brain injury and illness rehabilitation.
Robotic and virtual reality (VR) technology feature in the new centre and it claims to be the only centre in the country providing high intensity rehabilitation people with neurological conditions including brain and spinal cord injuries.
MOTIONrehab has invested in a suite of equipment set out in six treatment rooms and a robotics and VR room, designed to help patients regain their balance and the ability to walk.
Sarah Daniel, centre owner and clinical director, told bdaily that most rehabilitation programmes are delivered in short bursts. She believes this is not enough time to complete the level of repetition needed to deliver the information the brain needs to ‘relearn’ movement.
“We know that neuroplasticity – the ability for your brain to essentially ‘rewire’ in response to learning – exists, and we’ve seen rehabilitation results improve significantly when exercises are repeated more frequently over longer periods of time: ideally several hours a day.”
She added: “Many people simply aren’t aware of how much progress it is possible to make with this ‘high repetition’ approach. We want to change that. We want to help more people access these benefits and get their lives back more quickly.
“We’re combining the skills and experience of our team with the very latest VR and robotic-assisted equipment to provide bespoke, high intensity rehabilitation programmes that will give the brain a better chance of re-learning following neurological illness or injury. We are the first facility in the country to be able to do this, and we’re very excited at the potential it offers for recovery.”
The MOTIONrehab centre’s devices enable high repetition of movement and are based on gaming technology, which encourages patients to aim for higher scores to keep them motivated.