With the success of this $50,000 campaign, we will be able purchase, Install and treat our patients with a state of the art exo-skeleton robot for focused hand and finger treatment. This robotic treatment can restore hand function for children and adults who have suffered stroke and brain injury, and initiate hand and finger movements for persons with CP with hand weakness and spasticity.
Simple tasks many of us take for granted – turning a key, holding eating utensils, or opening a door – remain enormous hurdles for many children and adults with disabilities. Development of hand strength and isolation of finger movement is overwhelmingly difficult for many rehabilitation patients. Help us purchase a hand/finger robot that will improve strength and dexterity and work towards developing effective treatments through the use of modern technology!
For more than fifty years, the Rancho Research Institute has worked on innovating in the field of rehabilitation to empower all people with disabilities toward a more fulfilled life. Today, we are embracing the potential of radical new therapeutic treatments only made possible by advancements in the field of robotics over the past decade.
Since establishing our robotics program in 2009 with the generous donation of a shoulder/arm robot by the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, we have seen the profound impact robots can have on the recovery of patients with cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other disorders. The robotic arm provides resistance calibrated to challenge the user just enough so that muscles get stronger, allowing a frequency and repetition of motion unobtainable with a physical therapist alone. Today, the robot has secured a key spot in the general approach for CP care at Rancho.
Recently, we were able to obtain a second component of this robotic system – a machine that allows patients to exercise and improve movement in their wrists. The robot was greeted with sincere enthusiasm from therapists and patients alike, and in a short amount of time has provided the solid results we had hoped for.
Yet our patients continue to have great difficulty with hand strength and isolation of finger movements. Simple tasks many of us take for granted remain enormous hurdles for many children and adults with disability.
We believe it is time for another improvement – one that could allow our patients, children and adults with upper extremity weakness, to gain the hand strength and dexterity they need to perform everyday tasks and work toward full recovery!
With the success of this $50,000 campaign, we will be able purchase, install and treat our patients with an additional robot for focused hand and finger treatment. The results of this treatment will not only be beneficial to our patients, allowing them a larger range of motion and bringing them closer to full recovery, but will also demonstrate the immense potential of robotic rehabilitation therapy for people with disabilities worldwide!