VIBRAMOOV – Neurorehabilitation through Functional Proprioceptive Stimulations
Vibramoov is a new product arising from 30 years of fundamental and clinical research.
The Vibramoov system applies Functional Proprioceptive Stimulation to preserve the sensory and motor functions of the patient even when movement is impossible. A number of electromechanical actuators are placed as shown in the adjacent images. Programmed sequences stimulate the nervous system with sensory information which is identical to that which occurs in normal movement. This afferent information can induce motor responses corresponding to the sensation that the patient experiences. The patient has the sensation and experience of movement even at the earliest stage of recovery. It is safe and effective when applied early in rehabilitation.
Research findings suggest that the sensory feedback induced by Vibramoov and the associated perception of movement may counteract disuse-induced cortical plastic changes. This happens due to the recruitment of a large part of the cortical network which is normally used during the actual performance of a movement. This research supports the possibility of guiding cortical plasticity with proprioceptive augmented feedback.
Many acquired or congenital neurological impairments (such as stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, MS and Parkinson's disease) can dramatically affect our ability to move at will and they disturb our sense of "connection" to and awareness of our limbs. Awareness of limb position (proprioception) is impaired.
One of the main challenges of neurorehabilitation is to preserve or re-establish the coordination between motricity (active movement) and the related neurosensory information.
Vibramoov offers a unique neurorehabilitation therapy by maintaining the functional interaction between movement and proprioception throughout the recovery process.
Vibramoov enhances both the rate and potential for recovery as the system may be used safely at the earliest stages of recovery; even earlier than typical robotic interventions.
Early intervention is very important to maximise the rate and extent of recovery as prolonged immobility brings about secondary effects that can be very hard to overcome when therapy is delayed.