The Great success of the Saebo Course at Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre.
The Saebo Course held by Glyn and Amy here at the Birkdale Neuro rehabilitation Centre, was such a great and huge success. The delegates which included myself and Farshideh received demonstration and training in assessment, set-up and use of the Saebo’s Functional Arm Orthosis, the SaeboFlex. It is a unique dynamic orthosis which enables individuals with no arm and hand function secondary to a Neurological event, to independently commence rehabilitation at home.
As described by Saebo.com, the SaeboFlex is a custom fabricated orthosis that is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical. It positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for functional activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object. The SaeboFlex takes advantage of the most recent research by allowing patients to immediately begin using their hand for functional grasp and release activities.
Research shows functional task training to achieve greater improvement in upper limb rehabilitation in comparison to traditional neurological treatment, with continued improvement shown 9 months following intervention Winstein (APMR 2004). Van Peppen (Clin Rehabil 2004) further supports functional task training when provided intensively during the acute phase following a stroke.
Here at the centre we feel the use of the SaeboFlex in conjunction with Functional Electrical Stimulation and the SaeboMAS both of which we have available here at the centre, opens up a huge range of opportunities for upper limb rehabilitation which previously due to hyper tonicity, pain, alignment and range difficulties would have been very challenging. Optimal alignment is achievable and most importantly can be maintained throughout the session to enable functional use of the hand and arm.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful clients for their incredible patience and good will, who volunteered as models on the day of the course, enabling the delegates the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the use of the SaeboFlex clinically.