Monday, November 7th, 2016
Last modified on May 15th, 2020
I have recently been working with a patient on our inpatient stroke unit whose status was asensory. When we began to work together, his left hand was absent of all sensation and he had very little spontaneous use of his left arm or shoulder. However, soon after we began using the SaeboStim Micro, this patient found an immediate sense of hope and relief based on near-immediate results. By the second session, he demonstrated improved coordination in grasp and release exercises. A box and blocks assessment clearly showed what a difference the glove was making. Without it, he scored 7 blocks per minute; with the glove on he scored 11 blocks per minute. After just two weeks of working with the SaeboStim Micro, this patient was able to brush his teeth with the affected arm! He was in awe and astonished by what was happening. He can now sense the difference between hot and cold based on surface immersion.
For a long time, I have been frustrated by the lack of effective tools for working with asensory patients. It makes sense to me that surface stimulation to the entire hand would be effective due to its high concentration of nerve endings; the hand is ripe for this kind of therapeutic assault. I think what Saebo is doing is remarkable; they are constantly pushing the limits of what neuro recovery means.