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NEW Music-Assisted Therapy: for the Gait Trainer™ 3

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Gait Trainer

The Science of Sound Driving Functional Movement

The Power of Music for Movement

Music-based therapy is well researched for its powerful effects in treatment of movement disorders. With the rate of Parkinson’s, stroke and cerebral palsy diagnoses on the rise, access to a music therapist does not always meet demand. Biodex partnered with the Center for Music Therapy in Austin, TX and the Movement Tracks Project to equip the Gait Trainer 3 with musical compositions written and performed by music therapists to broaden clinical use and help more patients walk again.

This revolutionary music integration provides tools for physical and occupational therapists to enhance treatment and drive faster outcomes. The advanced technology built into the Gait Trainer 3 also serves music therapists by quantifying and documenting progress, proving the value of treatment.

Merge of Music Therapy with Technology

With our exclusive instrumented deck, realtime biofeedback and sophisticated analytics, the Gait Trainer 3 is the ideal platform for integrating music-assisted therapy. Using the Gait Trainer’s intuitive interface, belt speed can easily be adjusted to match the patient’s steps per minute (spm). Music tempo in beats per minute (bpm) can be managed to influence gait components. Biofeedback quantifiably displays step length, step speed (spm) and step symmetry to encourage patient progress.

While the repetition of gait training encourages lasting effects through neuroplasticity, music therapy-informed song selections facilitate desired gait patterns. The Gait Trainer includes a starter library of compositions created by music therapists that can be adjusted to a range of bpms without degrading music quality – even accommodating lower bpms for late stages of Parkinson’s. The system allows music therapists to upload their own music, and transfer to a patient�s personal device to reinforce training outside the clinical setting.

The right music, the correct beats per minute and gait repetition helps therapists get patients better, faster. Documented.

Gait Training System and Music-Assisted Therapy

Fit the music to the patient. Select the correct tempo (bpm) to accommodate patient's step cadence or steps per minute (spm)

Music therapy is the use of music in rehabilitation and medical settings to improve functional movement, treating such conditions as:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Orthopedic Dysfunction

How Music Therapy Impacts Physical Rehabilitation

Music tempo, or beats-per minute (bpm), can be managed to influence certain gait characteristics. Walking, or gait cycle time, can be described as steps-per minute (spm). Biodex Gait Trainer 3 has the capability to control belt speed (individual's walking speed) in units of spm (gait cycle time).

Gait Training System and Music Therapy

An Exercise Summary Report shows need, progress and outcome of the therapy

Fitting the music to the patient synchronizes gait for pattern sensory-enhanced movement. Walking can be aligned with Rhythmic Auditory Cueing (RAC) to improve temporal (velocity), special gait (stride length) and gait symmetry (left/right stride deviations). The qualitative component of what is done musically is quantified and documented by the system's computer. The pre-test, comparison to normative data, and post test results are presented in scientific data: the songs, beats per minute, the dates and progress are now part of the treatment conversation, giving music therapists a greater voice in the plan of care.

Meeting multiple clinical needs with a single tool.

  • Instrumented Deck – The Gait Trainer™ 3 is the only treadmill with an instrumented deck that monitors and records step length, step speed and right-to-left time distribution (step symmetry).
  • Open Platform – enables patient access for therapist manipulations and accommodates BWSTT with the Biodex Unweighing System.
  • Objective Documentation – Exercise Summary and Progress Reports track progress and document outcomes - ideal for insurance reimbursement. Show need, progress and outcome for specific gait parameters, including:Objective Documentation – Exercise Summary and Progress Reports track progress and document outcomes - ideal for insurance reimbursement. Show need, progress and outcome for specific gait parameters, including:
    • Average walking speed over time
    • Total exercise time
    • Total distance and steps taken
    • Average step length: RT vs. LT
    • Step length variability: RT vs. LT
    • Time on each foot: RT vs. LT

NEW Automated G-code Calculations and Impairment Level Reports – Increases efficiency and productivity, improves documentation of rehab effectiveness fostering continuity of care, helps with audits, efficiencies and reduces claims denial.

  • Normative Data – Age and gender-based for comparison to healthy populations for assessment of patient results.
  • Audio and Visual Biofeedback – Motivates patients with real-time biofeedback, prompting proper gait patterns. Biofeedback helps patients stay "on target" in each phase of rehabilitation; steps lengthen, step speed increases and symmetry improves.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring – Polar� contact handgrips (telemetry compatible) ensures proper training intensity.
  • Larger Display – Features 12.1" color touch-screen display, powered by a Windows CE operating system.
  • Expanded Connectivity – Allows connection to larger monitors and LCD projectors to enhance interaction for visually impaired patients.
  • USB Compatibility – Accommodates external keyboard, a mouse, printing devices for remote operation and USB memory devices for data transfer and software upgrades.
  • Patient Data Collection Software (optional) – Facilitates download and transfer of patient data, stored in patient folders for archiving, reporting or exporting as a CSV file. Transferring patient data allows for unlimited storage capacity.

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