IRegained

WORKS FOR ME


Introduction

A stroke is a life-changing event. Reversing its effects can be one too. We can't undo the stroke but we can help with the process of recovery.

The products and services offered by IRegained address the physical rehabilitation needs (primarily hand function) of people who sustained a brain injury caused by a stroke or accident and were left with an impaired ability to use their hands.


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Our Values

MISSION:

► EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY
- To acquire greater knowledge, to allow them the choice to attain their goals

► ENGAGE COMMUNITIES
- To enhance quality of life for all

► COLLABORATE TO ENHANCE THEIR INDEPENDENCE
- Through the dynamic integration of cutting edge research, innovative technology, and a diverse workplace

PRODUCT

What we offer

PROBLEM

Annually, stroke affects 60,000 people in Canada, 790,000 people in the USA, and 680,000 people in the EU. In the US alone, approximately 1.5 million people each year sustain a traumatic brain injury, with a large proportion requiring long term rehabilitation. Neurological damage that results from a brain injury or a stroke often impacts the ability of a person to use their hands to perform many of the simple tasks such as self-feeding and personal care. With the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, partial to complete recovery is possible, especially if therapy is commenced early.

The degree and speed of recovery is highly dependent on the access to rehab therapists and equipment. There are challenges, especially in resource constrained environments, in being able to access/afford the level of care required. The costly and complex nature of the current generation of robotic rehabilitation systems, typically requiring intense access to rehab professionals, exacerbates the challenge. There is a clear market need for simple to use, low cost hand rehabilitation devices that patients can use at the clinic and / or at home on their own with telemedicine guidance from therapists.

We want all our clients to say: IRegained!

We want all our clients to say: IRegained!

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SOLUTION

Our device requires the individual fingers and thumb to be inserted into five finger cups. The user is asked to perform various grasps, and the device intelligently opposes the movements of each finger and the thumb, allowing us to train each finger individually, or multiple fingers or fingers/thumb collectively. Force, precision, coordination and range of motion for each of these can be varied to stimulate efficient neuroplasticity.

How does this impact you?

Our approach is function oriented: we ask the clients to identify exactly want is it they want to achieve most (for example sign a document, hold a coffee mug, play the guitar etc.), and then set a protocol that targets that one particular single function. As the client gets better at that one task, skills gained there are transferred to other functional tasks. For example, if one user can now hold a pen, they can use this newly-recovered skill to, say, hold a toothbrush.

We want all our clients to say: IRegained!

Science

Recent research indicates that brain responds very well to targeted physical training after a stroke. Our technology employs Neuroplasticity (neuro – refers to brain, plasticity – ability to undergo and retain a change) to offer a simple and effective option for targeted hand function training.

CLICK below to learn what science has to say

Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain and spinal cord to change. At one time just a theoretical concept, it is now proven that it has a huge impact in individuals with brain trauma or stroke. Scientists have shown the impact of this phenomenon in both animals and humans. There are a number of fascinating real-life stories that illustrate the concept of neuroplasticity.

Watch the story of a young girl who lives an independent life even though half of her brain has been removed

In a recent Science Friday show (aired by NPR in the USA on the 3rd of August 2018) they highlighted two captivating real-life stories. First, a boy who lost 1/6th of his brain, and has learned to live with it beyond and against everyone’s expectations. Second, a healthy human with two functioning arms, to whom a bionic arm (third arm) was attached at their neck, and connected to their brain using neural links (nerves) normally not used for hand-related activities. A total of 14 individuals participated in this study, and all of them were able to perform a two handed task (with their two healthy hands), while the bionic arm was able to hold a bottle

Scientific Presentations – Hand function study using IRegained hand function device

Muscle function and functional abilities improved as a result of the hand training program
Pepe, A., Vasiliu, D., Vollebregt, B., Jain, A., Reinikka, K., Lawrence-Dewar, J., Johnson, VBK. Evaluation of a novel hand training device and program on muscle pattern activity following stroke, World Stroke Congress, Montreal, 2018 (Accepted, In Process).

Patients felt their overall abilities improved as a result of participating in the study
Vollebregt, B., Reinikka, K., Vasiliu, D., Pepe, AM., Jain, A., Lawrence-Dewar, JM., Johnson, VBK. The Impact of a Hand Training Programme in Chronic Stroke Survivors: A Qualitative Analysis of a Community Based Program, Northern Constellations Conference, Thunder Bay, 2018.

Patients who participated in the study improved in their ability to perform functional tasks such as cutting a steak or using a telephone
Vollebregt, B., Vasiliu, D., Pepe, AM., Vaclav, M., Jain, A., Lawrence-Dewar, JM., Reinikka, K., Johnson, VBK. Functional Changes Secondary to A 6-Week Hand Training Program Using a Novel Concept Rehabilitation Device, American Society of Neuro Rehabilitation, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2017.

Muscle function improved in stroke patients as a result of hand function training
Pepe, A., Vasiliu, D., Vollebregt, B., Jain, A., Reinikka, K., Lawrence-Dewar, J., Johnson, VBK. Changes in Muscle Activity Secondary to a Six-Week Hand Training Program Using a Novel Concept Rehabilitation Device, Society of Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2017.

Patients who participated in the study, reported improvement in hand function
Coccimiglio, G., Vasiliu, D., Pepe, AM., Jain, A., Lawrence-Dewar, JM., Reinikka, K., Johnson, VBK. Subjective Changes Secondary to A Six-Week Hand Training Program Using a Novel Concept Rehabilitation Device, Northern Health Research Conference, Thunder Bay, 2017.

Testimonials

Customers words

Are you curious to know how our technology can have an impact?
Listen to one of the participants in a 2016 trial talking about his experience with an early research version of the IRegained hand function device.

Clinicians' words

"Stroke care has come a long way in the past 20 years with the introduction of tPA and endovascular therapy in the emergency department resulting in dramatically improved outcomes for patients. However, in the world of stroke rehabilitation we are still using therapies and techniques developed decades ago to work on hand mobility and function. Our team was very excited when, a few years ago, Dr. Vineet Johnson conducted a study of the "MyHand" in our community and found that clients were able to make significant improvements in hand function that we weren't able to achieve with traditional therapy techniques. Since getting this taste of what's possible, we are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to work with our latest stroke clients using this device, as we've seen what gains can be made by clients who have the chance to use it. We hope that Vineet has the opportunity to study the potential for this device to help clients make greater gains in their hand function, and look forward to seeing and experiencing the results for our clients!"

Stephanie Schurr, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)
Outpatient Neurology Rehabilitation
St. Joseph's Hospital, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

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From The Blog

Vineet Johnson, President & CEO

"Long time ago in 1992, I had the special privilege of meeting and working with a legend, Dr. Marcus Devanandan (renowned neurophysiologist). What I learned in his lab, led me to a life long quest, to both understand how the brain controls the hand (in healthy and in disease/trauma), and how its impact can be compromised due to a stroke or brain injury. I just wanted to use that to make a difference in someone’s life."

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