Intento PRO is a new digital therapeutic solution for the treatment of upper limb impairment after stroke. It enables the delivery of Intento electrical stimulation therapy. Intento PRO enables the delivery of goal-oriented, intensive, repetitive movement therapy with Self-Modulated Functional Electrical Stimulation. This type of neuro-rehabilitation is effective for upper limb rehabilitation after a stroke.
Self-Modulated Functional Electrical Stimulation
Self-modulated therapy means that the patient is in control of the delivery of the electrical stimulation that induces a functional movement. The therapist places electrodes onto the patient’s arm. These deliver electrical impulses. These impulses contract specific muscles, which produce movements in the muscle. This is a simple and effective method for retraining voluntary muscle movements accompanied by a therapist. At Birkdale, we understand that the impact of a stroke is different for everyone and varies from individual to individual. We complete a comprehensive initial assessment to examine a wide range of factors and how these interact to limit arm function. We make a planned pathway for upper limb rehabilitation. We assess for muscle and joint changes, alignment, patterns of weakness and sensory loss, pain, thinking and planning issues, fatigue, inattention and other factors which pose challenges to using the arm. We use Intento electrical stimulation therapy as part of a suite of technologies that effectively retrain upper limb movements after a stroke. Intento PRO can be used for any level of stroke impairment.
Scientific evidence increasingly shows that electrical stimulation is more effective when delivered simultaneously to the patient’s voluntary effort to produce movement. This encourages performing movements that are similar to those used in activities of daily living. Putting the patient in control of the timing of the stimulation is an effective way to ensure this, by design. Self-modulated functional Intento electrical stimulation therapy can promote a better reduction in impairment than standard rehabilitation care alone. This is according to currently available clinical evidence. Intento Is part of the Mindmaze Group, which specialises in developing AR and VR technologies for advanced neuro-rehabilitation. Data collected in a pilot study demonstrates a clinically important reduction in impairment in the majority of stroke patients, after a standard cycle of 10 sessions. Intento electrical stimulation therapy can promote a clinically important recovery with a probability that is 6.2 times higher than standard care. In addition, Intento PRO only takes about 3 minutes to set up with a patient. What’s more, tracking and recording the progress of therapy is done by the intuitive tablet app, so the therapist can easily track, measure and record in real time. This allows for enhanced focus on planning and organising each patient’s therapy plan, with responsive and comprehensive data. This means that our therapists can maximise their appointment time with our patients.
Intento Movement Therapy
The tablet app is extremely easy to use. Intento electrical stimulation therapy technology allows the therapist to configure the stimulation and organise patients data. Intento PRO has 21 programmed stimulated movements for the hand, arm and shoulder. In addition, custom stimulation programs can be designed quickly and easily, to target specific areas of exercise needed for individual patients. The app assists with the correct placing of electrodes on the patient’s arm and in the configuration of patient-specific parameters. Intento electrical stimulation therapy offers patient-led comprehensive muscular movement training. This gives us the opportunity to adjust therapy sessions to individuals’ different goals or rehabilitation stages.
Intento and Birkdale Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic
With Intento PRO we can find the right balance between challenge and confidence to execute a movement, giving the patient a challenging and rewarding therapy. This is why we love using the Intento PRO at the Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre. Intento PRO motivates an enhanced focus on repetition of movements, which is what our patients need for this type of movement based rehabilitation.
If you have any questions about Intento PRO or are interested in testing it or incorporating Intento PRO into your own physiotherapy plans, please Contact Us.