What to Expect During Your Treatment Session
Before the first treatment session, and with your permission, the medical records related your medical condition are obtained. If you are currently in treatment with an occupational, physical, or speech therapist, they will be contacted to coordinate a treatment plan.
Your Motor Control Restoration program will be tailored to address your unique needs. This can include helping you achieve your goals. During the first session, your goals will be discussed and, together, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. For the remainder of the first treatment session (and possibly continuing for up to two more sessions), an assessment will be conducted. Completing a thorough assessment greatly increases the success of the treatment plan.
Electrodes are placed on the skin over the targeted muscle(s). For example, if wrist movement is the target, three electrodes would be placed on the top of the wrist and three on the opposite side. You will be able to view the muscle activity on the monitor as you move your wrist.
Additional muscles will be assessed until a thorough understanding of the muscle dynamics targeted area is obtained. From that point, the treatment phase will begin to help you reach your goals, such as:
- Holding objects
- Return of function to a paralyzed limb
- Standing, walking, sitting independently
- Completing tasks of every daily living
The percent of time a movement is successfully performed is recorded for each session. This assures later treatment sessions are productive. If your success rate does not improve over the following sessions, changes are made in the program. There is no wasted time, effort or money. At the end of the session the electrodes are removed. There are no after-effects of this treatment, but because of the intense nature of the work, most report feeling more tired later in the day.