MindMotion GO: Empowerment for Patients
After a loss of abilities caused by brain injury such as stroke, it’s common for patients to experience disappointment in oneself or a feeling of not being good enough, which creates a barrier to the learning that they need for their recovery. Using this digital therapy at the Birkdale Paediatric & Adult Neuro Centre has provided a new dimension to neuro rehabilitation for our therapists. It has enabled us to make the repetitive, motor exercises more fun, and more stimulating for the patients to perform again and again. Which is what we need to achieve motor recovery. MindMotion GO and MindMotion PRO empowers patients to challenge themselves during their programme of neuro rehabilitation and engage in personal achievement, which is a huge asset in encouraging the sense of empowerment in their path of recovery. What’s more MindMotion GO can be installed at home to help patients keep up with regular exercises without travelling.
Who Would Benefit from MindMotion GO
Motor recovery is vital for the neuro rehabilitation of patients with brain injury. Ocular motor skills are key to living an independent daily life. Visual processing is responsible for the brain’s ability to spatially organise, plan motor skills and negotiate space. The Role of Eye Movements in Stroke Patients affects all of daily life, such as the ability to navigate through narrow spaces and causing difficulty walking indoors. Loss of hand function is widely reported by stroke patients as the most disabling motor deficit.
Using Mind Motion GO and Mind Motion PRO at the Birkdale Paediatric & Adult Neuro Centre has shown our therapists improvements in our stroke patients’ visual spatial orientation and visual memory. Using this technology stimulates mirror cells and we see great improvements in ocular motor skills. It supports body awareness in a space and recognition of the body in space which all contributes to neuro rehabilitation and motor recovery.
How it Works
Visually following a target using virtual reality (VR) trains saccadic eye movements helping patients to learn to look away from the ground, which is their reflex in order to avoid missing steps. This is also important for developing proprioception – the body’s ability to perceive its own position in space.
Using Mind Motion GO and Mind Motion PRO provides a series of exercises for trunk upper limbs and lower limbs. We have seen that the memory of movements learned, transfers very well to real life skills needed for neuro rehabilitation:
- Improvement in motor planning
- Learning to associate the movements learned with a language which was enabling them to reproduce the same action.eg transferring weight from one leg to the other. After practising with the VR, our patient is enabled to repeat this when we use the ward shift. Our patient knew what to do and how to recreate the action.
- Mind Motion GO can be installed to use at home
- Motor learning and perception of movements is improved
Birkdale Paediatric & Adult Neuro Centre Harness the Power of Virtual Reality for Patients Successful Recovery
Neurorehabilitation and restoration rely on experience-dependent, neuro-plasticity, which can only be harnessed by high-intensity, high-dose behavioral experiences that go beyond traditional rehabilitation. Movement based digital solutions see patients physically interacting with engaging, gamified content, which is designed to holistically train skills whilst it can also objectively assess motor and cognitive function.