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Sensory Stimulation. Boost arm and hand recovery.

The SaeboStim Micro provides sensory electrical stimulation (SES) to the arm and hand using a specialized Electro-Mesh Garment. The unique Electro-Mesh material is not only soft and comfortable to wear at rest, but also during activities.

The Garments consist of an elbow sleeve (arm stimulation) and glove (hand stimulation). The material is highly conductive and is made of silver treated nylon fibers blended with Dacron®. The stimulation is delivered into the elbow sleeve and glove by a uniquely designed stimulator. Clients suffering from impaired function, weakness and spasticity can benefit from the much-needed stimulation.

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Are You Stimulating the Affected Arm Enough?

  • Acute patients with hemiparesis only use their affected upper limb an average of 3.3 hours per day. Lang, C. J of Neurol Phs Ther, 2007.
  • Acute patients less than 14 days following stroke used their affected limb only 38 min. (7%) of a 9-hour day. Bernhardt, J. J Rehabil Med, 2007.
  • During sub-acute rehab, stroke survivors completed activity-related arm training for an average of 4 minutes per session during therapy. Hayward, KS & Brauer, SG. Clinical Rehabil, 2015
  • Research shows that stroke survivors perform very few arm movements during therapy ranging from 23 to 32 repetitions per session. Kimberly et al. J Rehabil Res Dev, 2010, Lang et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2009.
Are You Stimulating the Affected Arm Enough?

Improve Function. Improve Life.

Impaired function from a neurological injury such as stroke may result in both sensory and motor deficits. Limited use of the hand or arm can typically lead to impaired sensory communication to the brain (touch, feel, aware of joint movement). Research shows that sensory electrical stimulation (SES) can be an effective treatment strategy for improving sensory and motor function.

With SES, the main goal is to maximize input by providing stimulation at very low-level (i.e., without producing a muscle contraction). Studies show that providing SES to an impaired nervous system can prime the cortex, ultimately leading to improved neuroplasticity, motor recovery, and function.

  1. Bhatt E, et al. Effect of finger tracking combined with electrical stimulation on brain reorganization and hand function in subjects with stroke. Experimental Brain Research 2007; 182:435-447.
  2. Celnik P, et al. Somatosensory stimulation enhances the effects of training functional hand tasks in patients with chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation 2007.
  3. Conforto et al. Effects of Somatosensory stimulation on motor function after subacute stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2010; 24(3): 263-272.
  4. Golaszewski SM, et al. Modulatory effects of human sensorimotor cortex by whole-hand afferent electrical stimulation. Neurology 2004; 62: 2262-2269.
  5. Golaszewski SM, et al. Modulation of motor cortex excitability by different levels of whole-hand afferent electrical stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology 2012; 123: 193-199.
  6. Golaszewski SM, et al. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the human motor cortex before and after whole-hand afferent electrical stimulation. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1998; 31: 165-173.
  7. Laufer Y, Elboim-Gabyzon M. Does sensory transcutaneous electrical stimulation enhance motor recovery following a stroke? A systematic review. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2011; 11: 799-809.
  8. Mackenzie-Knapp M. Electrical stimulation in early stroke rehabilitation of the upper limb with inattention. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 1999; 45: 223-227.
  9. Peurala SH, et al. Cutaneous electrical stimulation may enhance sensorimotor recovery in chronic stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation 2002; 16: 709-716.
  10. Popovic DB, et al. Electrical stimulation as a means for achieving recovery of function in stroke patients. NeuroRehabilitation 2009; 25: 45-58.
  11. Prada G, Tallis R. Treatment of neglect syndrome in stroke patients using a contingency electrical stimulator 1995; 9: 304-313.
  12. Sawaki L, et al. Effects of somatosensory stimulation on use-dependent plasticity in chronic stroke. Stroke 2006; 37: 246-247.
  13. Seib TP et al. The quantitative measurement of spasticity: effect of cutaneous electrical stimulation. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation 1994; 75: 746-750.
  14. Sullivan JE, Hedman LD. A home program of sensory and neuromuscular electrical stimulation with upper-limb task practice in a patient 5 years after a stroke. Physical Therapy 2012; 84:1045-1054.
  15. Vallar G, Rusconi ML, Bernardini B. Modulation of neglect hemianesthesia by transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society 1996; 2: 452-459.

Why use SaeboStim Micro?

  • Decrease spasticity
  • Improve motor function
  • Increase sensation
  • Improve inattention and neglect
  • Increased cortical plasticity and motor excitability
  • Decrease swelling and pain
  • Normalize hand temperature
Cortical Priming

Prime the Brain. Enhance neuroplasticity. Elevate recovery.

Improved outcomes are associated with increased excitability of the affected hemisphere. Interventions that focus on re-balancing the communication between both hemispheres are likely to lead to improved recovery.

Priming is a technique used to enhance the brain’s ability to re-balance the 2 hemispheres following a stroke. Priming interventions include invasive and non-invasive techniques and can be administered prior to or during therapy.

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Patient Testimonials. What do others say?

Marie-Claude Touchette
“They both feel that the SaeboStim Micro is making a difference”
I have been using the SaeboStim Micro with a patient who is six months post CVA. This patient suffered a stroke while in Florida while he was away from his family. He was sent to a nursing home for 100 days where he did not receive any - or very...
Dr. Richard Bohannon
The SaeboStim intervention lasted only two weeks resulted in improvements that remained evident weeks later.
Dr. Richard Bohannon, Professor of Physical Therapy, Campbell University I began following a patient with major sensory loss on the left side one year following his stroke. Over a period of several weeks, I repeatedly tested his sensation. I tested his proprioception using the “thumb find” test. This is a...
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“I ate my oatmeal with my right hand!”
After only 3 weeks of sessions with the SaeboStim Micro, this patient was able to use a spoon and eat with her affected hand! She could still feel the stimulation in her treated hand several hours after the device was removed, and continues to make progress toward achieving her goals....

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