Thanks to a £6,335 donation from UHCW Charity, stroke patients can now access the state of the art MOTOmed® therapy machine to support their recovery.
Using the machine under the instruction of qualified physical therapists and therapy assistants, MOTOmed® can be used in a sitting or lying position to exercise the arms and legs by moving the pedals. Through this repeated exercise, stroke patients can greatly improve their strength, stamina, and range of movement.
The repetition of the cycling action helps patients to recover lost movement whilst improving their co-ordination. This therapy also greatly reduces muscle stiffness and tension.
The machine’s innovative design means that people do not need to be able to operate an exercise bike in the traditional manner, but can use the machine in a way that suits their individual physical needs the best.
“The Motomed bike will be a fantastic edition to the stroke therapy service. It will enable patients to work on their upper limb and lower limb strength plus improve their cardiovascular health. It will help to motivate patients and improve their mood while in hospital. The team are looking forward to using it with our patients and I am sure we will get some positive results and feedback from it.” – Rachel, Physiotherapist
Whilst there are already several therapy bikes in use across the trust, they are in high demand causing extended waiting times for therapy sessions. Also, they are distributed across different wards, frequently resulting in difficult access for stroke patients with reduced mobility. The MOTOmed® therapy machine is quickly and easily transportable, therefore allowing patients to get speedier access to the therapy they need.
Staff who have used MOTOmed® have reported that patients engage very well with the machine and recognise the great benefits it brings, particularly those people who are relatively younger or who have previously led an active life.
Thanks to your ongoing generous support we can continue to invest in pioneering equipment for the good of our patients.
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