The efficacy of MyndMoveTM therapy is supported by numerous clinical studies, including randomized controlled trials in both stroke and spinal cord injury populations.
MyndMoveTM is the culmination of years of laboratory and clinical research by Dr. Milos Popovic, Toronto Rehab Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Toronto Rehab Institute - University Health Network, and professor at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Three randomized control studies, two looking at SCI and one looking at stroke patients, examined the effect of FES therapy using the MyndMoveTM protocols. These studies found that patients who underwent 40 one-hour long sessions, 3-5 times per week over an 8-12 week period, demonstrated significant and lasting recovery of voluntary arm and hand movement. Patients participating in these studies represented those with some of the most severe deficits in motor function.
Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of MyndMoveTM protocols as FES therapy to improve hand and arm function in:
Studies evaluated improved hand and arm function based on:
An ongoing open-label study and an upcoming randomized control study will assess the clinical and health-economic benefits of MyndMoveTM
Current studies using MyndMoveTM are posted on https:/clinicaltrials.gov
Studies have demonstrated that FES therapy using MyndMoveTM protocols can lead to lasting recovery of upper extremity function in individuals who have experienced stroke, including:
Individuals experiencing severe upper extremity paralysis who were 2-7 weeks post-acute stroke took part in the study. 7,8 The patients that underwent one hour sessions of FES therapy with MyndMoveTM 5 days a week for 12-16 weeks improved significantly more than patients undergoing conventional occupational therapy for the same timeframe in:
Self-Care Functional Independence Measure (FIM) measures an individual’s ability to feed, bathe, dress, groom, and toilet themselves after stroke. Minimum scores are 6, which indicates full dependence, maximum scores are 42 which indicates full independence.
Studies have demonstrated that FES therapy using MyndMoveTM protocols can lead to lasting recovery of upper extremity function in individuals with SCI, including:
Individuals experiencing upper extremity paralysis due to SCI who underwent 40 hours of FES therapy with MyndMoveTM + 40 hours of conventional occupational therapy (COT) over an 8 week period improved significantly more than patients who underwent 80 hours of COT during the 8 week period. 1,5 The patients were treated 5 days per week over the 8 week period. The difference in the mean change in SCIM self-care subscores from baseline to post treatment was statistically significant for the FES + COT group when compared to the COT only group (P< 0.0001).
SCIM self-care subscore measures an individual’s ability to feed, bathe, dress, groom and toilet themselves. The minimum score is 0 (dependent) and the maximum score is 20 (independent).
In this study, FES therapy with MyndMoveTM delivered by therapists effectively increased independence and thereby improved the quality of life of individuals with tetraplegia when compared with conventional occupational therapy alone.