Neuro Rehabilitation– Clinician FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions by Clinicians and Researchers
What is a “Hand Mentor™”?
The Hand Mentor™ is the first Active Repetitive Motion™ device designed for in-home and clinical use. The Hand Mentor™ actively involves the patient in their neuro rehabilitation by encouraging self-powered motion of the wrist and fingers, and assisting movement when necessary.
What is a “Foot Mentor™”?
Much like The Hand Mentor™ the The Foot Mentor™ is a device designed to provide neuro rehabilitation by repetitively training foot and ankle control.
Why are they called the “Mentor”?
These devices provide instructions and assistance. They encourage and challenge the patient to achieve, surpass and increase their goals. They record and report progress during neuro rehabilitation and therapy. The Mentor™ products will not do the work for the patient, but they will work with them to achieve goals.
How do they work?
The Mentor™ devices provide 3 types of visual feedback: force, position and EMG (electrical activity of the muscle). An “air muscle” pulls the linkage mechanism, assisting the patient with desired movement, when they are not able to move their wrist or fingers on their own.
What is an “air muscle”?
It is a soft and springy air driven actuator that pulls a linkage system that raises the hand and wrist in a fluid motion. Because of the soft springy muscle-like properties of the “air muscle,” it is safer than a motor and gear driven apparatus.
Who can benefit from using the Mentor™ devices?
Stroke and other brain-injured patients of varying degrees of ability can benefit from the devices. A patient with high tone or spasticity can increase their passive range of motion using our spasticity reduction program. Patients with some movement capabilities can improve active range of motion with the motor control and active recruitment programs.
How long will I be using the Hand Mentor™?
Much like piano lessons, the more the patient practices the more progress you will see.
A typical weekly regimen at home would consist of 2-3 hours per day, 4-5 days per week. (Additional practice is not discouraged).
In-clinic, the Hand Mentor™ has been incorporated into many inpatient and outpatient neuro rehabilitation programs. In-clinic time is severely limited by third-party payers. We have designed the Mentor™ devices as a tool to make in-clinic rehab time more efficient and more productive.
Due to varying severity of strokes and ability levels of stroke survivors, patients may use the Mentor™ devices for a few months to several years and continue to see progress.
How can I see a demonstration of the device?
See our neuro rehabilitation videos for a brief overview of the Hand Mentor™ and Foot Mentor™. You can also call our Sales Department to set up an in-service presentation.
Is it covered by insurance?
In-clinic use is generally covered by existing insurance codes. Use at home may or may not be covered by insurance. Home use is billed on a case-by-case basis.
For more information about Kinetic Muscles’ neuro rehabilitation products, how we can help, frequently asked questions and more, contact us.