Better equipment for physical rehabilitation
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) concept, rehabilitation can be considered as a set of strategies that help patients with disabilities or those who will become disabled to maintain the functionality that allows them to interact with the environment.
Physical rehabilitation, which many consider to be exclusively physiotherapeutic measures, aims to improve the individual’s capacity and reduce the drug or clinical strategies associated with the problem.
Therefore, it is important to integrate updated clinical knowledge to technologies that help in the recovery or maintenance of the clinical condition presented, differentiating a good physiotherapist.
The equipment that helps in this process involves from technology related to patient assessment to more advanced resources. We will address, below, 8 products that are essential for rehabilitation. Check it out!
Fixed and Articulated Multifunctional Walker
It is a simple product, but with several clinical potentialities. It is used for joint recovery of patients with temporary lesions or used in elderly who have lost the development of gait.
The Multifunctional Walker allows the patient to stay in the supine position, exercise the walking movements to exercise the posterior muscles and maintain balance during the process.
Made of aluminum, this equipment has height adjustment and allows the front wheels to be inserted when necessary, which facilitates the path on some surfaces (irregular floors, for example).
Wooden Axillary Mulet
The Axillary Crutch is a versatile product that is used to help in temporary clinical situations. Its function is to improve the gait process of patients who are immobilized in one of the lower limbs and cannot fix it to the floor.
It is easy to use, but an appropriate height adjustment is necessary to avoid overloading the upper limbs. For this reason, it is essential to acquire the appropriate size for the patient’s height.
Made of wood and with rubberized and non-slip edges, it is recommended to keep the Axillary Crutches in places that are easily accessible to the patient and away from children to avoid wearing out the structures.
Aluminium Walking Stick with 4 Tips
It is a safe and convenient artifact for patients who have lost (or are losing) the movements throughout the pathophysiological process of a disease. Elderly patients with bone weakness tend to become more easily unbalanced and, therefore, are potential users of this equipment.
In addition, patients with neurological diseases that affect the bone marrow tend to gradually lose joint movements, requiring the use of support to move without risk of falling.
Therefore, the 4-point aluminum cane is indicated for cases in which the patient still has a slow, more progressive walk and does not allow atrophy of the lower limbs – which would aggravate the situation.
Bonnet Dual Device
This is an important equipment for physical rehabilitation of the knee and other joints involved. Patients who have injured knee extensor muscles, especially during high-impact exercises, benefit from this technology.
The Dual Bonnet Apparatus consists of a chair made of steel, with lateral supports for hands and fixed backrest. When sitting in the chair, the patient will do exercises of contraction of the knee, with or without resistance, in sessions determined by the physiotherapist.
According to the clinical evolution, the patient will notice the strengthening of the thigh and calf muscles, as well as the recovery of the disposition, lost with the injury of these regions.
Gameter therapy is a therapeutic strategy widely used today. Through videogames, patients can exercise their muscles and regain lost physical capacity due to injuries.
In addition, the use of electronic games increases the motivation of patients for physical rehabilitation sessions, reduces the number of analgesic drugs and releases endorphins after the procedures.
However, it is necessary to know the types of games indicated for this therapeutic purpose, which professionals are able to perform them and which are the patients who will benefit from this clinical alternative.
Belt with partial weight support
This equipment is the joint of the treadmill with a rod that partially supports the patient’s body. It is not yet commercially produced, but research with some individuals with stroke sequelae and paraplegics has shown significant effects.
With the use of this device, patients exercise in a controlled manner the muscles that have lost the nerve stimuli due to the clinical condition that affected them. Due to this inherent weakness, the individual is left with a vest that safely attaches him to a vertical shaft.
Thus, patients get small and encouraging movements of the lower limbs and can reduce the dependence on friends and family for daily activities.
Ling Bar Regulation
This artifact is very useful for physiotherapy, since it is indicated for strengthening the lower and upper limbs, besides helping in body balance.
The various exercise options provided by the Ling Bar Regulation should be selected according to the patient’s clinical conditions and physiotherapeutic recommendations, so that it does not overload other muscle groups.
The Regulation is made of varnished wood and has 11 horizontal bars, with a distance of 17 cm between them. For the desired effect of the equipment, it is essential to also acquire the Ling Bar.
Half a ball
The half ball is a device with great features in physiotherapy. Consisting of three millimeters thick of special latex, it allows resistance and impact absorption of up to 200 kg.
This equipment is indicated for stretching and muscle relaxation, in addition to enabling rehabilitation and physical conditioning as determined by the clinical professional. It also helps in proprioceptive training and stabilization of the spine.
Because it is a small accessory, it can be transported to the homes and ensure the continuity of treatment even after discharge from hospital, provided that the patient is supervised by a physiotherapist.
Physical rehabilitation is one of the strategies most commonly used by physiotherapists to restore motor functions lost due to injuries or debilitating diseases. To assist in the success of therapy, health technologies are employed that optimize the work and anticipate the recovery of these patients. The choice of the most appropriate equipment for this specialty will depend on the profile of the patient and the physiotherapy clinic.
And you, how have you been treating your patients? What equipment do you use? What do you need to know about these technologies? Get in touch with us and we will answer your questions!