Since our initial trip in 2007, we have visited the bio-feedback clinic on three other occassions and our next trip is planned for February 2012.
The first day back to the clinic is always a chance to evaluate exactly what Marrianne has been up to; what exercises she had been doing, what improved function she feels she has – has she been following their programme!
It’s always great to catch up with familiar faces and to meet some new therapists keen to work with Marrianne. The biofeedback team can always see how hard Marrianne has been working and immediately notice things like muscle tone and posture. Excited to get working, the team provide the encouragement and incentive you sometimes need to give things a lift and they keep Marrianne’s programme fresh.
Posted below are some scores from our first trip to Miami – to the 2009 trip. I will be adding the latest scores very soon, as there was some great improvements. (just waiting for the report to come through from Miami)
% = The neurological connection between the brain and the muscle group.
R = Right L = Left B = Both sides
|Triceps||12% B||37% R 41% L|
|Wrist Extensors||7% R 15% L||22% R 51% L|
|Wrist Flexors||3% B||8% R 12% L|
|Finger Extensors||2% R 0/1% L||6% R 4% L|
|Finger Flexors||1% B||3% B|
|Thumb Extensors||2% B||4% B|
|T8 – T10||30%||100%|
|T10 –T12||5% R 4% L||31% R 35% L|
|T12 – L2||4% B||10% B|
|L2 – L4||3% B||7% B|
|Hip Flexors||0/1% B||5% B|
|Hamstrings||0/1% B||5% R 4% L|
|Anterior Tibialis||0 R 1% L||8% B|
|Gastrocnemiues||0/1% B||2% B|
“Overall, it is apparent that Ms. Rooprai has an incomplete spinal cord injury at C4 and is experiencing some significant long term motor neuron recovery. She has responded to this series of EMG Biofeedback procedures well, gaining significant increases in voluntary motor neuron recruitment to the muscles in the upper extremities and the upper and lower paraspinal muscles. Most interesting that at least some voluntary motor neuron enervation was able to be established to muscles even in the lower extremities. At this time an aggressive exercise and therapy program to strengthen the muscle groups that now have greater voluntary motor neuron recruitment should result in greater strength and function”.
Brucker Biofeedback Centre
Although some of the percentages are low, many have doubled meaning the body is still improving. The muscles with higher scores will mean greater function and ultimately, an improved quality of life.
Marrianne puts her improvement down to hard work, belief and the support of family, friends and the professionals she is fortunate to work with. A big thank you goes to everyone who supports RST, without you none of this would be possible.