Organiser: Aspace Foundation Catalonia.

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Implementation: 01/06/2021 – 31/03/2022.

 

The benefits of high-tech physiotherapy equipment in the treatment of people with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Aspace Foundation Catalonia with the aim of utilising psychological and neuropsychological physiotherapy equipment for the treatment of people with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The initiative aims to encourage personal autonomy and improve physical and intellectual wellbeing so that every patient can participate in society according to their wishes, needs, and abilities.

Technology-based physiotherapy equipment allows medical professionals to create a personalised treatment plan. The devices can be altered to the specific requirements of each patient depending on their age, needs, abilities and stage of rehabilitation. Healthcare professionals can use the devices to ensure patients are practising their exercises at the optimum level of difficulty, and adapt the therapy depending on progress, which in turn, boosts patient motivation to continue with the treatment.

 

The initiative will help with the purchase of equipment from some of the world’s leaders in the development in high-tech physiotherapy equipment

The collaboration between the Ramon Molinas Foundation will allow the Aspace Foundation Catalonia to purchase and utilise devices including Tyromotion, one of the world’s leading companies specialising in high-tech physiotherapy equipment. The initiative will also assist with the purchase of a device for the rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities, and another to train postural control.

The device for the rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities, named Pablo, can be used for the head, torso, arms, forearms, hands, fingers, legs, and feet. Therapists can place motion sensors on one or both sides of the body and set force and a range of motion for a large number of movement patterns. TYMO on the other hand is used to train specific and sensitive postural control. The tool allows the patient to practise fine and gross motor skills, rotations, and hand-eye and motor coordination in physiotherapy that uses interaction with apps and with real objects.

The devices acquired can be adapted to any patient and are easy to use. They also provide access to a database that allows therapists to monitor and record the exercises set for each patient and put together statistics on progress through a reporting system.

 

A thousand people will benefit from the initiative

The care centre at the Aspace Foundation Catalonia attends to a thousand people each year with cerebral palsy or other neurodevelopmental disorders. The organisation aims to provide comprehensive care, believing treatment should be a constructive phase where the patients, their families, and medical professionals can work together to make decisions and decide on the therapeutic approach.

Throughout the course of treatment, information on patients’ progress will be shared with the roster of medical professionals responsible for their care, as well as with their family and educational institution if necessary. Treatment will be continuously evaluated to standardise the therapeutic approach and quantitatively demonstrate successes and challenges.

 

Cerebral palsy, a lifelong, but non-degenerative disorder

Cerebral palsy is a permanent psychomotor disorder which causes limitations in the activities of the person affected. It is a condition that is permanent but is not degenerative; those with the condition will have it for their whole life, but it will not deteriorate. Although no cure exists for the disorder, it is possible to achieve a certain degree of improvement in motor, cognitive, linguistic, and social skills with stimulation and learning techniques.

Treatment for people with neurodevelopmental disorders aims to develop motor function and functional skills, improve hand function and mobility, prevent and treat orthopaedic deformities during childhood, improve language and communication abilities, and avoid secondary respiratory problems.

 

The Aspace Foundation Catalonia, a leading organisation in cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders

The Aspace Foundation Catalonia (Aspace) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1961. The institution was created thanks to the work of a group of parents with children affected by cerebral palsy who had the determination to promote the research, diagnosis, rehabilitation, education, advancement, and support of people who suffer from this disorder or other developmental disorders.

Seven years later, the institution was declared a non-profit association. With its 60 years of history the Aspace Foundation Catalonia is renowned across Catalonia for its work. With a commitment to share the knowledge acquired through its day-to-day work, the organisation provides comprehensive support to people with cerebral palsy or other neurodevelopment disorders throughout their whole lives.

 

Links of interest:

Aspace Foundation Catalonia.