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Myomo: New OT arm/hand device could help stroke survivors regain function

June 9, 2018 4:30 pm

By Tony Muggs <3

Update as of September 14, 2018:

So I was pretty mad when I discovered that the Myomo OT Arm/hand device was not covered under Medicare this past year. Sometimes progress goes slow but still, it’s out there right? I’ve been staying in touch with my PT/OT therapists after all these years, which for me now is 17 years post.

September 4, 2001 was my stroke day. My therapist just recently Instagram messaged me saying that the Myomo OT arm/hand device will be accepting Medicare starting January 1, 2019!!!

Here’s the link: https://myomo.com/

Make sure you sign up for the free screening day near you to see if this device can better your life.

All my best to you guys and gals fighting the good fight. Remember if you ever wanna talk by phone or email, hit me up and we can suss out your problems, or at the very least, I’ll just listen.

Best, tonymuggs

 

I thought this was worth mentioning to everyone who visits Rock The Stroke.

My physical therapist, Nikki hipped me to this info regarding occupational therapy and a new device that might improve the overall function of the hand/arm/shoulder.

The device, by Myomo, is called MyoPro. From the website:

“MyoPro is a powered orthosis (brace) designed to help restore function to arms and hands paralyzed or weakened by CVA stroke, brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy or other neurological or neuromuscular disease or injury.

MyoPro is a breakthrough in modern medical robotics. Originally developed at MIT with Harvard Medical School, it works by reading the faint nerve signals (myoelectric signals) from the surface of the skin (no implants) then activating small motors to move the arm and hand as the user intends (no electrical stimulation). The user is completely controlling their own hand and arm; the brace amplifies their weak muscle signal to help move the limb. It has been called “power steering for your arm”.”

While there are many prosthetic products for those who have lost their arms, hands or legs, and while there are orthotic products to support weak legs, MyoPro is the only product on the market to help restore function for those who still have their arms and hands but are unable to use them.

Stroke survivors, like me, who still do not have function in their hand, forearm, arm and shoulder are encouraged to contact: Myomo at 877.506.3001 or www.myomo.com/screening to see if they’d qualify to use this new device.  I went online and registered.  They are supposed to contact me soon to see if I’m a good candidate for this new device.

Myomo does have screenings all over the nation, so please check out their website for cities and dates.  In metro Detroit, The Recovery Project in Livonia, MI, is hosting screenings on select dates throughout the summer.

Good luck to us all and remember, it’s the journey that counts the most.

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