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Manovo®Spring Hand Module

The ManovoSpring was specifically designed for the training of grasping and releasing movements in patients with neurological disorders. The adjustable spring mechanism of the ManovoSpring was developed to counteract the high tone of the flexor muscles and the weakness of the extensor muscles. In each stage of hand opening it brings in a physiologic amount of force needed to open the hand while coupling finger and thumb movements. Thereby, also patients who show only limited active movement in their fingers can participate in intense, repetitive movement exercises.

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Repetitive training of functional movements is known to be efficient in restoring motor function. The ManovoSpring was specifically designed for the training of grasping and releasing movements in patients with impaired hand functions following strokes, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological disorders. In combination with the ArmeoSpring, the ManovoSpring allows even severely impaired patients to practice reach and retrieval movements in a large 3D workspace. The ManovoSpring is based on the HandSOME technology developed at the Catholic University of America and National Rehabilitation Hospital of Washington DC, USA by Prof. P. Lum and E. Brokaw.


ADVANTAGES OF THE ARMEO®SPRING THERAPY WITH THE MANOVO®SPRING

  • Simultaneous therapy of the complete movement chain from the shoulder to the fingers
  • Adjustable support for opening of the hand with a physiological coupling of finger and thumb movements
  • Captures the patient’s active hand movements and facilitates reach and retrieval training with the Augmented Performance Feedback
  • Part of the unique and modular Armeo Therapy Concept

 

FEATURES & FUNCTIONS


Simultaneous Arm and Hand Therapy


The combination of the ManovoSpring with the ArmeoSpring is the only solution for repetitive, self-initiated reach and grasp training with the Arm Weight Support in a large 3D workspace. It simultaneously incorporates the entire arm and hand, from the shoulder to the fingers. This integration of the complete movement chain into the therapy allows for most efficient and functional rehabilitation training.

Physiological Hand Movement Support


The adjustable spring mechanism of the ManovoSpring was specifically designed to counteract the high tone of the flexor muscles and the weakness of the extensor muscles. In each stage of hand opening it brings in a physiologic amount of force needed to open the hand while coupling finger and thumb movements. Thereby, also patients who show only limited active movement in their fingers can participate in intense, repetitive movement exercises.

Augmented Performance Feedback


An extensive library of motivating, game-like exercises has been designed to train activities of daily living. Immediate performance feedback helps patients to improve their motor abilities, leading to more independence in daily routine and therefore better quality of life. In combination with the ArmeoSpring, the ManovoSpring facilitates reach and retrieval training with the Augmented Performance Feedback and captures the patient’s active hand movements.

Part of the Armeo Therapy Concept


The ManovoSpring is part of the modular Armeo Therapy Concept, the world’s first upper extremity concept that covers the whole “Continuum of Rehabilitation” with one software platform throughout a range of devices, each developed for a specific stage of rehabilitation - from early to later stages of rehabilitation. The ManovoSpring can be easily connected to the ArmeoSpring by a therapist or swapped for left or right hand use. Sharing the same software, the ManovoSpring and the ArmeoSpring make it easy to individually adapt the training to the patient’s needs and abilities.

Scientific Results


The development of the ManovoSpring has been performed in close collaboration with research partners. In pilot trials with the research prototypes of the ManovoSpring (HandSOME device) stroke patients showed a large increase in range of motion in opening and closing of the hand (see graph) as well as an increased ability for functional grasping of objects. The ManovoSpring enables repetitive training of functional hand movements. Repetitive training is known to be efficient in restoration of movement and motor function.