Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Stroke survivor exhibits remarkable improvement in hand function more than two decades after stroke, disproving theories that recovery window is limited to 6 months.
Charlotte, N.C. – Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Until recently, researchers believed that if a stroke survivor exhibited no improvement within the first 6 months, then he or she would have little to no chance of regaining motor function in the future. This assumed end of recovery is called a plateau. However, a groundbreaking new article published in the Journal of Neurophysiology discusses a stroke patient’s remarkable improvement decades after suffering a stroke at the age of 15. Doctors Peter Sörös, Robert Teasell, Daniel F. Hanley, and J. David Spence formally dismiss previous theories that stroke recovery occurs within 6 months, reporting that the patient experienced “recovery of hand function that began 23 years after the stroke.”
Monday, June 5th, 2017
“After learning to put on and take off my SaeboFlex independently, it opened up a large window of opportunity to use my left hand functionally at home, on my own. The SaeboFlex gave me the ability to grasp and release various items with my affected hand. Being able to wear the SaeboFlex more often during the day seemed to aid the muscle tone in my wrist and hand to become more balanced.
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Over the years, working as an occupational therapist, I have watched more than a dozen clients progress with the use of the SaeboGlove and the SaeboFlex. My clients love the SaeboGlove. The feedback I receive and the results are phenomenal. The glove is lightweight and the rubber fingertips enable my clients to grip objects more easily. The SaeboGlove allows people the freedom of feeling what it’s like to open and close their hands again – all by themselves, without my assistance or the use of electrical stimulation. My clients can see that they themselves are accomplishing tasks. Being able to use an extremity for the first time after an injury increases the client’s motivation, determination, and hope, which in turn allows for high repetition of meaningful tasks. This will assist in facilitating neuroplastic changes in the nervous system.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Testimonial from AnnaMaria Baraglia
My love story with Saebo began in October 2008. I was just released from in-patient rehab to a day rehab. The day rehab was 3 hours a day for 3 days a week. My rehabilitation plan was for speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The therapy trifecta! I was still in the early stages of my stroke recovery, so my brain was in the prime to be rewired. I was making small gains here and there, but recovery was SLOW. I really was getting discouraged. From an athletic 27 year old woman that spent multiple hours in the gym, went to a 27 year old woman that wasn’t able to really walk, dress herself, or remember what I just ate. It was frustrating!!!
Monday, April 11th, 2016
Which Recovers First After A Stroke – The Arm or The Leg? By Peter G Levine
“Which comes back first after a stroke, the arm or the leg?”
First-year OT and PT students know the answer to this question: the leg. However, the reasons driving the leg’s speedy recovery are not so simple.
Here are some reasons to rethink this “leg comes back first” perspective.
Friday, August 28th, 2015
I have been an Occupational Therapist for 3 1/2 years, working in an outpatient clinic. I have had the opportunity to work with many patients who have experienced a stroke but regardless of intervention strategies I tried, I have always been unsatisfied with the progress we have made by the time the patient is discharged (usually based off of insurance limitations from hitting a level of plateaued progress).
Friday, August 28th, 2015
I suffered from a stroke on 10/5/13 at 28 years old. I was on my way to a hair salon appointment. When I pulled into the parking lot, I suddenly felt my right side go numb. As I tried to get out of my car, I collapsed, unable to stand. My right side felt unresponsive. I could not move- all I could do was wait and cry until someone noticed me.
When I did not respond to his text messages, my hairdresser, Nico, came out to the parking lot to find me lying on the ground. When I couldn’t answer, he called the paramedics. The police arrived first, and quickly sent me to the hospital. I passed out in the ambulance on the way there.
At the hospital, I underwent a craniotomy to remove the blood clot that had formed in my brain. It was a hemorrhage in my left-frontal lobe.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
I have been a Saebo certified Occupational Therapist for two years. One of the things that impresses me the most about Saebo is that their products are made uniquely. The SaeboFlex, was the first device that I encountered in my twenty-three years as an Occupational Therapist that truly allowed my patients to open their hands and achieve a functional grasp and release from the moment the orthotic was fitted to them. The lack of hand function for stroke survivors using other orthoses has always been extremely frustrating for me. I’ve seen amazing results in reducing hypertonicity and regaining function with the Saebo products. I have watched patients who had extremely limited shoulder motion show a more rapid increase in shoulder function as they reached to grasp items while using the SaeboFlex/Reach than with any other product.
Monday, May 19th, 2014
At 31 years old, Mimi Duffy quickly found herself in a fight for her life.
On the morning of January 15, 2012, she awoke to what she believed was a common migraine headache. However, the ordinary soon turned into the extraordinary after her husband found her unresponsive on their bed.
A CT scan at the hospital showed substantial bleeding in the area between her brain and the thin tissue that covers it, otherwise known as the subarachnoid space. Unbeknownst to her loved ones, Mimi had suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke in her brain stem, paralyzing her entire right side.
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
One month after celebrating my 30th birthday, I found myself coping with the aftermath of a stroke that had significantly impaired the upper left side of my body. Unable to move my affected arm and hand on command, everyday tasks such as opening a bag of cereal, tying my shoes, or carrying groceries suddenly became impossible. That is until my therapist introduced me to the SaeboFlex.