Adoption of robotic assistance in neurorehabilitation

Adoption of robotic assistance in neurorehabilitation

NewsMedical spoke to Waduda Parolari Musaid at MEDICA 2022 about Gloreha’s robotic-assisted neurorehabilitation solutions. The automated device and on-screen software suite are intended to make recovery of hand movement faster and easier for patients.

Please, could you introduce yourself and tell us about your background with Gloreha?

My name is Waduda Parolari Musaid and I specialize in Gloreha products. I have been working at Gloreha for nearly four years. Currently, I am responsible for various areas of the market including application, development, testing and product evaluation as well as participating in follow-up studies on patients.

Basically, my job involves figuring out how to use the device, how to best apply it to patients, and how to collect data on clinical issues and patients’ needs. This allows us to learn how to improve the software and hardware of the device.

Gloreha offers a robotic rehabilitation device to restore motor function in the hand after stroke or other neurological injuries. Can you describe how this technology works?

The device is just what its name suggests – a rehabilitative robotic hand. It is a device focused on hand rehabilitation and has been on the market for 10 years. The project began in 2005 with studies on the application potential of such a device. Gloreha’s intention was to address the gap in the market that was lacking in such a product.

Most of the devices we see today in rehabilitation technology, especially in robotics, focus on the lower extremity.

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With the aging of the population, the need for rehabilitation increases year by year, moreover, neurological diseases are increasing. Technology is absolutely necessary, because therapists alone are not enough. The use of robotic technology and therapies is effective and proven by research.

What is the importance of using robots in rehabilitation therapy?

First, there is a need to change the mindset when it comes to investing and understanding the real applications and uses of these technologies. The devices will increase the number of repetitions, the intensity of the treatment, and improve the kind of real-time feedback that humans cannot always provide so intensely or consistently.

So on the one hand, we have the robotic glove that works by hand, providing repetition of movements and improving functionality. Then, the system also provides visual feedback to the patient so that they can become aware of movement and understand what to do to restore function that has been damaged.

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Combining both sides of therapy is a challenge, but also the best thing for patients, and that’s what Gloreha does.

There is a 3D camera working in partnership with the robotic handheld – what range of motions can it detect?

The active part of our package, the Gloreha Aria, is an optical sensor that detects hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder movements. Essentially, the camera reads the position of the joint in space and where and how it moves according to the element on the screen. This is one of the main features of our device.

There is a game package available with the system that encourages on-screen rehabilitation. Do you design all games and programs?

Yes, we develop some games for specific needs. Games can be designed to offer features such as focusing on wrist use and movement, i.e. using only wrist movement. Other games are based on neuropsychological tests, so we can also push that towards the cognitive side. For example, there is a game inspired by the Stroop Test which is usually neuropsychological, so we can also focus on that aspect of cognitive recovery.

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Can the system support neurological recovery for all ages?

The system is suitable for all ages. We can start treatment for children from the age of four or five all the way up to elderly patients. The games aim to be attractive to both kids and adults, they are not just boyish games. The glove has also been developed to treat small hands, as we have a smaller size available.

Could you explain the importance and role of the weightless arm support in the system?

It is a mechanical arm that can be used according to the condition of the patient’s arm. Generally, it is used to ensure comfort and weight compensation for the patient during treatment. Treatments with Gloreha usually last 25 to 45 minutes. For the patient, keeping the hand or arm in this position can be a struggle. We use a weightless arm brace to allow for functional movement. For example, if you want to train the hand-to-mouth movement, it is very helpful to keep the elbow and arm straight. The arm accompanies that movement so that therapists can teach and guide with this support.

The medical sector has witnessed significant developments in recent years in response to technological innovation. How do you imagine technology and robotics like yours will continue to change the field of medicine and rehabilitation over the next decade?

In the next 10 years, I imagine we can greatly improve technology and games. We are always working on adapting it to new diseases that may gain more importance.

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Our main goal is to make this tool adaptable to the needs of therapists. For example, this technology could allow a single therapist to treat two or three patients simultaneously. I think it will evolve in this sense to give a more complete tool because today the device has to be used almost all the time with a processor. Creating a complete workstation in which to place the patient and give them more independence is one direction of advancement in this technology.

Another trend could be that the technology can be used remotely, for example at home, which means it will work well with remote rehabilitation. Taking the package home, starting from a hospital workstation and then continuing at home with your therapist controlling sessions and following up on sessions from a distance will be important.

How easy is this technology to access? Is it available in hospitals and rehabilitation centers now?

Basically, hospitals buy it from our global distributors or from us. At the moment, we have about 250 machines installed all over the world in countries such as France, Germany and Italy. In cases where a private patient wants to use it, he will need to contact the hospital because at the moment it is a professional device that cannot be used at home.

Why do you think it is important for researchers, companies and organizations to come together at conferences like MEDICA?

MEDICA for us is a meeting point and an opportunity to communicate with our partners around the world. If you’re a serious healthcare company, you should be at MEDICA because it’s like showing you’re a healthy, healthy company. Every year you can find us in the same place. It is very important to show people that we are here. Moreover, it is a unique opportunity where potential customers can try this device, because you cannot go to a store and test it every day.

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What’s next for Gloryha?

We want to improve our presence and appearance because a lot of hospitals and doctors are not aware of the existence of Gloreha. We want to help drive and drive knowledge about this type of technology. Besides this, we are also developing new exercises and new treatments, finding new strategies that help meet the needs of the client and the needs of the clinic. We really want to develop something useful in the real world, because in universities and labs, there are millions and dozens of prototypes, but they don’t actually correspond to real clinics.

Neurorehabilitation and robotics in neurorehabilitation are the future. The more doctors understand and learn about it, the more it can help improve patient rehabilitation.

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I am Waduda Parolari Musaid, specialist in Gloreha products with four years of experience. My main responsibilities include: participation in conferences / trade fairs / trainings for promotional activities, participation in product development, collection and processing of feedback from customers and assistance in this.

By focusing on demonstration meetings and training sessions with clients as well as product testing activities, I was able to put my Masters in Rehabilitation Technologies and all six languages ​​I know to good use. Over the years, I have been able to identify and develop new market opportunities, carry out my activities in different parts of the world, and form valuable relationships with clinical and commercial partners. The added value of my work is the opportunity to treat patients as well as participate in clinical trials, but what I love most is listening to patients’ stories and seeing the excitement and surprise in their eyes when they try our technologies.

When I’m not in company or traveling for work, I love spending time with my cats, reading a good book, and listening to jazz.

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