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Stroke Rehabilitation with Brain-Computer Interface Technology

recoveriX is the revolutionary, worldwide unique stroke therapy that combines 3 standard therapies in 1.

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The journey of stroke recovery

Every year, around 15 million people suffer a stroke, with a mortality rate around 30 percent. Another third of these people suffer permanent physical disorders, which cannot be fully rehabilitated by standard therapy. Other neurological illnesses such as traumatic brain injuries can also cause motor malfunctions, hemiplegia or spasticity.

A prolonged period of mobility reduction not only affects the patient’s quality of life, but can also entail more serious complications such as pneumonia, thrombosis, contractures, pain or aphasia, and not to mention the psychological stress. Standard physical therapy or occupational therapy help, but sometimes can’t rehabilitate patients in the chronic stage after stroke. Thus, these patients can never regain satisfying control of the hand or foot years after the stroke.

This is when recoveriX comes in, offering a new chance at rehabilitation regardless of how long it has been since the stroke or the age of the patients!

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It's never too late for rehabilitation!

recoveriX is an innovative and unique brain-computer interface technology for the rehabilitation of stroke patients and patients with other neurological deficits. It helps the patient regain functions and motor movements of the upper and lower extremities ranging from decreases in pain, spasticity, tremor, to improvements of concentration, motor movements, passive joint movements, sensitivity and gait.

recoveriX supplements standard physical and occupational therapy with the chance for a quicker and more successful recovery. Also, when standard therapy can no longer yield any further improvement, recoveriX provides a second chance. It can be used in the acute, sub-acute, or chronic states – even 10, 20 or 30 years after the stroke!

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Therapy Success

recoveriX provides further improvements

Patients report that upper and lower limbs feel warmer and sometimes, even memory, concentration and speech functions improve. These positive effects can be explained by the activation of both hemispheres by the recoveriX therapy.

  • 99.9% of patients improve spasticity in fingers and the wrist
  • 99.9% of patients improve daily activities
  • 99% of patients improve their gross motor functions
  • 99% of patients improve their mental performance
  • 95% of patients improve their fine motor skills
  • 95% of patients improve their concentration
  • 0% side effects

recoveriX easily explained

How recoveriX works

recoveriX is the first rehabilitation system for stroke patients that pairs mental activities with motor functions. A neurological disorder might inhibit the ability to move hands, arms or feet, but maybe not the ability to imagine the movement!

Patients are instructed to imagine a hand or a foot movement. Once the recoveriX system has recognized the motor imagery successfully, virtual reality and functional electrical stimulation will be activated.

recoveriX is a fusion of 3 therapies in 1

recoveriX is a unique combination of 3 therapies

A neurological disorder might inhibit your ability to move, but maybe not your ability to imagine movement! Imagine a hand or a foot movement – the imagination triggers nearly the same activity in the brain as a real hand or foot movement. This is what exactly recoveriX uses for your therapy! With three different kinds of neurofeedback, recoveriX improves your chances for successful therapy.

Motor Imagery (MI)

Imagine a hand or a foot movement. recoveriX measures and analyses brain waves, which reflect the motor imagery and determines whether the motor imagery was correct.

Once motor imagery has been recognized, virtual reality and functional electrical stimulation will be activated.

The positive impacts

The responsible areas of the brain are activated by the motor imagery, which can facilitate brain plasticity. Unlike conventional physiotherapy, the BCI guarantees that actual movements only occur when people imagine the corresponding
movement.

The simultaneous activation of relevant cortical areas and peripheral neurons encourages Hebbian learning.

Virtual Reality (VR)

The simulation on the screen makes motor imagery visible. Patients sit in front of a screen, where they see hands and feet of an avatar. This gives patients the feeling of watching their own movements in front of a mirror.

If recoveriX recognizes motor imagery of the movement (such as a right hand movement), the avatar moves the right hand.

The positive impacts

This real-time feedback is very easy to understand. If a patient imagines a movement, then the avatar performs the movement.

The experience is similar to watching yourself in a mirror. It can facilitate mirror neuron activation.

Electrical Stimulation (FES)

For this stimulation, two electrodes are placed (for example) on the dorsiflexors of the wrist or on the leg. If the system recognizes a correct motor imagery, the muscles get electrically stimulated, causing a real movement.

This should help you re-learn how to initiate movement, and thus make movement possible again.

The positive impacts

The patient receives clear, user-friendly feedback through active movement. Just imagine a movement, and you can see your body move accordingly.

The patient is motivated because the experience repeatedly reminds the patient of the desired goal: being able to move again.

recovery process

recoveriX in the post-stroke recovery process

Acute Stage

Rehabilitation is key in the first couple of months and determines success along the recovery process. Patients benefit from more than one type of therapy which is why recoveriX should be integrated in this stage.

Sub-acute Stage

recoveriX can be used at inpatient care or outpatient rehabilitation facilities and perfectly supplements physical or occupational therapy. Rehabiltiation goals can be holding a glass or riding a bike to work at them.

Chronic Stage

Our study has shown that patients can continue to get better with recoveriX therapy even 10, 20 or 30 years after stroke. Recovery only stops when you stop consistent practice.

Scientific Proof

The clinical effectiveness was shown in a group study with 52 patients who improved in motor functions and spasticity highly significant.

recoveriX stroke rehabilitation starts where the damage occurred: in the brain. The feedback loop from imagining to executing the movement is a very innovative way to reconnect brain cells. I see this success with many of our patients as well.

Prim. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Tim von Oertzen
Neurologist at recoveriX Linz

Time is brain

Early recovery after stroke

When patients suffer a stroke or other neurological injury, they are hospitalized. In this acute phase, time is brain. It means that rehabilitation is most relevant and determine success of the mostly long-lasting recovery process. recoveriX is easy to use and mobile and can be used already with hospitalized patients at bedside.

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Recovery after discharge

Patients often experience a slowdown in brain recovery progress or simply lack different types of therapies to improve their motor functions. This is where recoveriX offers a new chance! With recoveriX, patients can continue making progress because it supplements standard physical therapy even decades after the stroke.

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You can continue to make progress by continuing therapy activities on your own. Our recoveriX study has shown that recovery only stops when you stop. Find recoveriX therapy in your country and schedule your first meeting.

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recoveriX therapy is brilliant because it makes the conventional therapeutic procedure of diagnosis, therapy and re-diagnosis automatically. The response of the recoveriX system is always based on the patient’s concentration performance and enables neural learning through precise biofeedback. This is very clever and easy to use for the therapist.

Gerlinde Percht
Physiotherapist & Business Owner of recoveriX Schladming, Graz & Vienna

Patient's Experiences

Testimonials

Mr. Hufnagl had a stroke over a year ago when he first got recoveriX Therapy. He is one of the first patients who received recoveriX therapy for his foot. In this interview, he tells us about his amazing progress, how he liked recoveriX therapy so far and about his goals.

Alois Gruber had a stroke, afterwards he suffered a left-sided hemiplegia. When we did the interview, Mr. Gruber was just in the middle of his recoveriX therapy, having 10 sessions ahead. In the interview Mrs. Gruber explains what improvements he already realized, such as a better sleep, or walking without a stick.

Mr. Einböck hat a stroke in 2015. After the stroke, he had no control over his left arm. During recoveriX therapy, he realized that he improved his motor functions slowly. In this interview, he tells us his story after the stroke and his experiences with recoveriX therapy.

Reinhold Ninaus came all the way from Carinthia to Schiedlberg to get recoveriX stroke therapy. He had a stroke almost 2 years ago before he had recoveriX therapy. Reinhold was paralyzed on the right side, he even sat in a wheelchair. His goal was to get out of the wheelchair.

Julia Haberfellner had a stroke 2 years ago, her right hand was seriously affected. Our recoveriX therapy helped her a lot! In this video she’s talking about her improvements and her experiences with our recoveriX stroke rehabilitation therapy!

Mrs. Rebernik suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. After her surgery, she couldn’t feel her left side anymore. This is when she realized that she had a stroke. It has been already 25 years but Mrs. Rebernik is still trying to recover. Because of recoveriX, her motor functions improved so much that she is able to work the household again, and her sensibility came back too. This video shows the recoveriX success story of Anita Rebernik.

Mr. Zimmermanns’ right side was paralyzed since 1999. Before recoveriX therapy, his condition was much worse. Now, he can move his arm really high again. His fingers are less tense and more flexible than before and he can even open up his fist. He is able to hold the mowing machine again.

Mr. Tsohohey’s right side is compeltely paralyzed – he couldn’t feel anything after his stroke two years ago. But after recoveriX therapy, his sensibility came back. He feels his arm again. When he concentrates on his right arm, he can feel something. And he can even control his muscles again.

After her stroke in 2016, Ms. Brandstätter could only move the right side of her body to a limited extent. At that time, she could not practice her profession as a hairdresser due to the physical impairments in her hand. After about 50 sessions of recoveriX training, she managed to improve her mobility and was then able to hold scissors and hairdryer in her hand and return to her profession as a hairdresser.

Alfred Mühlbacher had a stroke 50 months before he started recoveriX stroke therapy in the recoveriX Gym Schiedlberg! He was paralyzed on the left side of his body! Watch this interview to see which improvements he made in his every day life!

Dr. Hie suffered a stroke for the third time. His left hemisphere was affected. He suffered a hemiplegia on the right side. When he heard from recoveriX therapy throught the stroke self help group, he immediatly signed up for recoveriX. He gained a lot of strenght during therapy.

Bernhard Fösleitner had a stroke 18 months ago. He was sitting in a wheelchair for one year. He enjoyed recoveriX therapy a lot because his reactivity and sensibility improved. He can feel his arm and shoulder again.

Gaby had a stroke 30 years ago. She was so happy when she heard about recoveriX therapy. This was just another chance to work on her disabled hand. During recoveriX therapy, she learnt to use fork and knife for eating again, and many more.

Herbert Rofner received the 10.000th recoveriX therapy session at the recoveriX Gym Schiedlberg! He had a stroke about 2 years ago and had recoveriX therapy for his arm and his foot!

Mrs. Miglbauer suffered a stroke 2 years ago. When she came to the recoveriX Gym Schiedlberg, she signed up for recoveriX therapy where she had a lot of motor improvements. She can stretch and move her arm better than before.

Mr. Haslhofer suffered a stroke in 2016. When he heard about recoveriX therapy, he immediatly called and made his appointments. His right side was paralyzed. After recoveriX therapy, not only his motor functions of his right hand improved, but also his foot.

Josef Unterbuchschachner was a stroke patient at the recoveriX Gym Schiedlberg in Austria. He started recoveriX therapy because his left arm was affected. Now, he can move his left arm much better, he can use his hand to hold cutlery which he appreciates a lot.

Klaus Brandstetter is a 53 year old chronic patient who suffered a stroke 11 months before he started recoveriX motor rehabilitation at the recoveriX Schiedlberg, Austria. He lived with hemiplegia of his right side due to stroke. In the first 17 recoveriX training sessions, Klaus wasn’t able to do the 9-Hole Peg Test. But suddenly and in the 18th recoveriX session, he was able to perform the 9HPT. It took him only 7 recoveriX sessions which are 4 hours of training to improve speed: In his 18th session, 9HPT took him 10:22 minutes, in his 25th session he could perform 9HPT in 02:53 minutes. His ability to perform daily activities have been tested after recoveriX and improved overall.

Manfred suffered a stroke a few years ago. It hit him out of the blue. Shortly afterward, he suffered a lot of pain in his fingers and he wasn’t able to hold a pencil any more due to the stroke. During recoveriX therapy, functional electrical stimulation of his affected hand helped him to move this arm and fingers better than before. He doesn’t feel pain anymore either.

Ms. Pudic successfully completed her recoveriX training at the recoveriX Schiedlberg (Austria) and improved her motor skills after 25 therapy sessions.

Marlene Mayrhofer suffered hemiplegia after having a brain tumor removed. Her leg, arm and speech center all failed as a result. Speech came back quickly, but motor functions were severely limited. She had pain and severe spasticity, which caused her sleepless nights. After her recoveriX therapy, she was pain free, the spasticity subsided and the sensation in her arm improved.

Waltraud Kranner suffered a stroke a few years ago. Her left side of her body is quite affected. Step by step she gains her mobility back! In this interview she talks about her improvements with the help of recoveriX!

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recoveriX Therapy Highlights

recoveriX therapy has premiered 5 years ago in Schiedlberg (Austria) offering hand therapy to the first patient. Since then, g.tec medical engineering developed a foot therapy mode for recoveriX which is available in all recoveriX Gyms worldwide.

Today, we already counted more than 10.000 recoveriX therapy sessions in the world and more than 100 patients who made huge improvements.

recoveriX made my days worth living again. Since therapy, my motor functions in my right hand improved a lot. I learned to move and control my hand again and I even got my job back as a hairdresser. I never imagined this could be possible. My arm and my hand now belong to my body again.

Astrid Brandstaetter
Former recoveriX Patient, Austria

How can we train the brain to help stroke patients?

Frontiers for Young Minds provides scientific articles reframed into a language that can be understood by a younger audience.

Therefore, we submitted our recent recoveriX study and explained in an easy and more understandable language how recoveriX can be used for people who had a stroke and have troubles moving.

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