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Derek Jones
Rehabilitation Engineer - Creator - Grower of Healthy Ideas, Medical Device Entrepreneur and Speaker
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Recent Activity
Dan Eley is an exceptional young man who just happens to also have a spinal cord injury. Dan recently told us of his speaking venture to raise money for his charity. His personal story is an inspiring one for those of us involved in rehabilitation. Dan was working with disadvantaged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Rehabilitation Matters
A recent study on FES Cycling in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine set out to examine the effect of long-term, lower extremity functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling on the physical integrity and functional recovery in people with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). The study found that FES Cycling in chronic SCI may provide substantial physical integrity benefits, including enhanced neurological and functional performance, increased muscle size and force-generation potential, reduced spasticity, and improved quality of life. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Our ability to restore an individual following a catastrophic injury is limited - but maybe not the way most people think. As technology improves and the potential for recovery is enhanced we may soon have to rethink who is entitled to the systems we can create. After a catastrophic injury... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Carly Taylor's story featured on ITV's Surprise Surprise programme tonight when she received her new RehaMove FES Cycling system. (shown at left) She is shown working out (below) at Prime Physio and standing in an EksoBionics system. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Recently I had a couple of clients ask - "Why does the RehaMoveFES Cycling system only deliver FES frequencies up to 50Hz - your competitor systems go to 100Hz?" When you really look closely, the truth is not actually what it seems. There is a bit of explanation needed here because the true technical performance of a system can then be revealed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
RehaStim 1 FES unit In this brief article im describing an application of FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) for breathing support that many may not have seen before - and it features our RehaStim FES unit. In recent weeks we have had a couple of individuals request from us the means... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Gloreha - Hand rehabilitation glove Technology that makes intense rehabilitation practical - and hence cost-effective - is what the NHS needs. Service resources are constrained and yet the numbers of people requiring intensive rehabilitation following a stroke or catastrophic injury are certainly not. Very few people recovering from these physical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Im sharing a video recorded at an event Anatomical Concepts (UK) ran in collaboration with Prime Physiotherapy, near Cambridge UK. The event was focused on how to enhance exercise-based rehabilitation techniques for neurological physiotherapy and included lots of neat techniques including FES Rowing, Cycling and FES assisted exercise. Andy Galbraith... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Using YouBike in the lying position Our partners at Prime Physiotherapy have been putting their YouBike to good use today and thanks to Andrew Galbraith I have a couple of videos and images to share. If you haven't seen the YouBike yet it was designed in New Zealand, initially with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
We received new samples today of our specialist heel relief and trauma shoes designed for diabetic foot wound healing applications. These are manufactured by Klaveness's factory in Poland with design input from ourselves. These aren't going to be the cheapest on the market - they are designed to be the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Mark Pollock Some of you may have seen the article by adventure athlete Mark Pollock on "Exploring the frontiers of recovery" on the World Economic Forum website. He is challenging us to "explore the gap between reality and fantasy in pursuit of a cure for spinal cord injury." It really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
When it comes to arm and hand rehabilitation It is difficult for the NHS to devote intensive resources and some clinicians still might even be skeptical that the effort is going to be worth it anyway. Research from ten years ago demonstrated that the probability of a complete functional recovery of the hand some 6 months after the event is less than 5%. However, the problem with research on disability is that it is really hard to generalise from the individual to the broader population - all stroke survivors are not the same and small changes in protocol and approach can make a massive difference to outcomes. We are now working with Gloreha (Hand rehabilitation glove) from Italy which we we think has a definite place in the hand rehabilitation armoury - not just for stroke, but for spinal cord injury and other hand rehabilitations scenarios. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Update released to the RehaMove FES Cycling software. The newest FES Cycling software, version 1.5, for the RehaMove 2 now has some new features that largely improve data handling and multiple user situations. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Lower limb orthotic practice can be terrible. I somehow feel this may be partially my fault - after all I spent 25 years as an academic in a school of prosthetic and orthotic education. To be fair it can be exellent too. But from the perspective of the typical patient its going to be a lottery. For what its worth I'll give my opinion about the pressures orthotic supply and then introduce you to the ElliotTM, which represents an approach to orthotics that has lot of merit Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Rehabilitation Matters
Cognitive dysfunction is common in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS); reported in studies to be affecting approximately 43–70% of the MS population. So what’s being done about it? - apparently not enough - or perhaps a better way of looking at it would be to ask “Could we gain a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
Gloreha Professional - Hand rehab glove We are excited about training with our new product on Monday. Gloreha from Idrogenet SRL in Italy is a hand rehabilitation glove that promises to provide real benefits for those with neurological conditions recovering hand and arm function. Is it going to be an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
Diabetic foot problems are a serious global problem and prevention of ulceration is vital. On occasions when ulceration takes place, wound healing casts can certainly help provide a suitable mechanical environment for rapid resolution of the problem. In this video, William Munro of Anatomical Concepts demonstrates his approach to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
In 1995 I was a Visiting Professor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and saw a product that I thought was quite special. I hadn't seen anything like it before (The PRAFO Ankle Foot Orthosis) but because I know that clinical problems are the same the world over I just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
FES Cycling is a well accepted modality with clear benefits for clients that use it. Of course, it doesn't mean that there isnt room for improvement. The fact is, FES Cycling tends to be quite in-efficient in relative terms. This becomes a difficulty, for example, when we want to take FES Cycling outdoors and make it truly practical for the type of challenge proposed by Claire Lomas. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
Using RehaStim 2 without the bike More and more therapists are realising just how much FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) systems can add to their armoury of effective interventions. We have worked with the RehaMove FES Cycling system from Hasomed for a number of years now. Although it is criticised by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
If you are feeling a bit unhappy about yourself and your life situation just now you might feel a bit more inspired - and have a better perspective - if you learn just a little about client Christine Waddell. Christine is the UK's longest survivor of locked-in syndrome - for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
RehaCom software for cognitive rehabilitation is well known in most of Europe and parts of Asia. Developed and refined since the mid 1980's, the software developed by our partners Hasomed has yet to make it's mark in the UK. Certainly when first introduced the software into the UK the English... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
Here is an introduction to Gloreha, the hand rehabilation glove, covering what it is, what it does, and whom for.. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
Some of the technology we use now in rehabilitation seem to demand lots of repetitions to "rewire" the brain. But is it really about lots of reps or it something else? After all, take my golf game for instance. I can get a couple of buckets of golf balls and join everybody else hitting hundreds of balls mindlessly down at the range. Or I can take fewer balls, really pay attention and hit those few balls as if my life depended on it. Surely it can't be all just about repetitions - form and mental engagement are vital. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters
You have certainly heard of the placebo effect and you may have thought that a placebo only works because the person receiving "it" (a product, medicine, a lotion or a potion) doesn’t know it’s a placebo. It actually works because of belief. Whether we are conscious of it or not, all providers of care are purveyors of belief. Should we aim to manage the placebo effect in rehabilitation engineering? Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Rehabilitation Matters