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What is the MyoPro?

The MyoPro is an EMG (Electromyography) triggered, upper limb, powered orthosis. It provides active assistance for bending and straightening the elbow and opening and closing the fingers.

It is intended to be a 'neuro prosthesis' meaning that after developing proficiency the Myopro user is able to complete functional tasks while wearing the orthosis that they could not do without it.  It is therefore available for purchase as a bespoke item for home use.

The MyoPro also has potential as a rehabilitation tool as following intensive use of the device, it has been found that movement and function of an impaired arm can be improved when the device is not worn, meaning that the device has a training effect.  The therapeutic benefits have been shown to include: Increased range of movement, increased strength, decreased tone/spasticity, decreased muscle co-contractions, improved selective muscle control and decreased compensatory movements e.g. 'shoulder hiking'.

How does it work?

The Myopro detects the electrical signals from active muscles, through small sensors on the surface of the skin, even when no movement is possible. The device magnifies these signals and uses them to drive the motors in the device to move the elbow and hand. This myoelectric control strategy is not electrical stimulation and has been used for decades in the prosthetics industry. 

Who can benefit from using it?

The MyoPro can benefit  people who have weakness, loss of active range of motion or poor control of their arm due to damage to the nervous system, as long as there are some EMG signals generated by the user from muscles in the upper arm or forearm.  The nerve damage can be either in the limb itself, the spinal cord or the brain.  This means that people with a range of conditions can benefit, for example:

  • Peripheral nerve injuries such as a brachial plexus injury (BPI)
  • Stroke or brain injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury 

What services do Hobbs Rehabilitation offer?

Hobbs is the only company in the UK at present offering clincial services with the MyoPro, along with Dorset Orthopaedic who assess and fit individuals with bespoke devices.

Hobbs clinicians work with orthotists from Dorset Orthopaedics to support trials of the MyoPro, then we deliver training and therapy to purchasers, to enable them to be able to use their device effectively at home.

We provide outpatient treatment using the MARK (Mobile Arm Rehabilitation Kit) adjustable MyoPro device in Hobbs Rehabilitation Winchester. When used as an outpatient treatment tool the MyoPro can work well as part of an intensive treatment package combining hands-on therapy along with this technology based intervention. 

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