Rehabilitation & physiotherapy
Active functional training is an important evidence-based tool for the physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech and language pathologist. Evidence shows that for most ailments, increased intensity of training leads to better results. However this is not always easy to achieve. Doing exercises in the form of games motivates patients. This has positive effects on therapy outcome, the number of sessions that can be offered per day, and the intensity of each session.
Designed for rehabilitation
Most of SilverFit’s products have been originally designed to be used during geriatric rehabilitation. The exercises are based on guidelines drawn up by the Royal Dutch Society of Physiotherapy and clinical practice. Each of our products has been co-designed by physiotherapists within the field of geriatrics and have been widely tested in the field.
Our systems are used a lot for patients with ms, Parkinsons’ or post-stroke. The systems strongly motivate patients to train more frequently. Typical exercises include upper body stability, sit to stand transfers, upper extremity exercises, endurance and gait training. Cognitive deficits, such as hemianopsia and swallowing deficits can also be addressed. Patients directly see the results of their efforts, are rewarded with positive feedback. And a competitive element will sometimes challenge them even more. Patients experience a feeling of success and become motivated to improve their achievements.
The SilverFit includes specific protocols of exercises to be used after a total hip or total knee operation. The first exercises can be done seated; the patient taps the floor with his feet. After that, they can progress with walking forwards and backward, walking laterally, lifting the knees on the spot, and squatting. A number of arm exercises can be used after a shoulder operation. The same rehabilitation exercises can be performed with the SilverFit Compact. The Compact is designed to be used at home or at a patients room.
In addition, the SilverFit Newton is often used to guide patients doing strength training. The Newton can help patients time exercises, so as to avoid sudden or uncontrolled movements and overstraining.