Spasticity is a common disabling symptom of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and other insults to the central nervous system. Increasing muscle relaxation is known to prevent the long term complications of spasticity. Our products will substantially reduce the effects of spasticity which will not only improve the comfort and quality-of-life for our patients, but will allow rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists and occupational therapists to embark upon advanced and accelerated rehabilitation treatments that are often prevented by the spasticity.
In general terms our products will not only provide an increase in the daily quality-of-life for the wearers, but will facilitate the opportunity for improvement in all of the following areas:
Spasticity - Substantially lessen uncontrolled muscle-firing and reduce debilitating muscle tone
Weakness - Allow muscle strengthening, by removing disruptive spasticity
Habit - Defined here as the ingrained, negative, muscle firing-patterns formed as a result of spasticity. Our product will allow for new positive muscle firing-patterns to develop and over time replace the motion limiting habits which occurred with the presence of significant spasticity. The muscle relaxation we deliver will not mean immediate loss of motion limiting habit, but it will allow the patient the opportunity over weeks and sometimes months to improve and strengthen and thereby develop positive habits in the form of more efficient muscle movement.
Contracture - Is the gradual abnormal shortening of the muscle which manifests itself as loss of reach or physical muscle range. Our device will allow muscle stretching, exercise and therapy for the purpose of regaining a full range of motion.
Motor Control - Minimize the above inhibitors maximizing muscle control, stability and overall physical coordination
The relief we will deliver to our patients during sleep hours, reducing the disruptive effects of RLS, allows the patient to sleep soundly. The primary benefit being just that, the patient receives all of the health advantages associated with appropriate sleep. In addition the Birchtree solution would relieve the RLS patient's tremendous anxiety associated with the uncontrollable urge to move their legs