NOVAFON used in ergotherapy and rehabilitation

"Above all, use of this device has proved valuable in post hand surgery treatment (CRPS, CTS, Dupuytren's contracture, Arthritis, Nerve lesions, Swelling and pain). I have used stiivii for a reasonable amount of time in my every day practice and it enhances range of motion notably. A number of patients, who are normally hypersensitive around the scar tissue and usually experience discomfort when being massaged manually, experience treatment with stiivii as pleasant. I use NOVAFON PRO level 2 (50 Hz) for surrounding areas and level 1 (100 Hz) for application directly on scars."
(Sophia T. Specialist Occupational Therapist, Hand Therapist)
 

SPASTICITY

spinal cord injury - multiple sclerosis - cerebral palsy - stroke - brain or head trauma

Spasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness of muscle. It is often associated with discomfort or pain and causes restrictions in movement. Spasticity can be a symptom of spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain or head trauma, motor neuron disease and other conditions. Local vibration therapy was found to reduce spasticity making use of the tonic vibration reflex (TVR). When a relaxed muscle is stimulated by a mechanical vibrator (100-200 Hz) it causes tonic contraction of the vibrated muscle (agonist) and as a result relaxation of its antagonist. This can be recorded using EMG. 100 Hz local vibration was shown to reduce spasticity significantly. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO or NOVAFON POWER for the treatment of spasticity. Simply apply vibrations for 5-10 minutes to the spastic muscle’s antagonist.

  • reduce spasticity using the tonic vibration reflex/TVR

  • improve goal directed movement

  • facilitate motor control tasks

  • improve gait

  • acceleration of movement

  • reduce pain

 

HAND THERAPY

carpal tunnel syndrome - amputation - arthritis - tennis elbow

Hand therapists see people who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or a neurologic condition, such as stroke. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO or NOVAFON POWER with the round or magnetic head to support hand therapy. Simply apply vibrations for 5-10 minutes per treatment area.

  • reduce pain and adhesion

  • reduce numbness and limited range of motion

  • increase blood flow and metabolism

  • support scar tissue repair

  • reduce sensitivity from nerve problems

 

 

SENSORY DEFICITS - PROPRIOCEPTIVE STIMULATION

Sensory deficits can include numbness or odd sensations of tingling or prickling. People may lose the ability to feel touch, pain, temperature, or position. These sensations can occur due to neurological conditions, such as stroke, but also after surgery or in children with complex disorders. Local vibration therapy sets sensory impulses to the surrounding tissue and nerves and helps to stimulate the conduction of information to the brain. The use of vibrations plays an important role in the treatment of sensory deficits as they improve both the deep and superficial sensibility. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO for adults and NOVAFON SOFT for use with children.

  • increase nerve information conduction and stimulation of proprioceptors

  • sensory stimulation to encourage use of impaired limbs in neurorehabilitation

  • vibratory stimulation induces excitability of the somatosensory cortex and the motor cortex, both during and immediately after focal vibration

  • improve sensory processing and decrease sensory symptoms

 

NEGLECT - CONTRALESIONAL NECK MUSCLE VIBRATION

Neglect is a neurological syndrome following brain injury. It is associated with a lack of exploration of the contralesional space and leaves patients unable to report, respond, or orient to stimuli from the affected side. Neck muscle vibration in combination with visual exploration exercises has shown lasting treatment effects in reducing neglect and improving visual exploration. It is non-invasive, has no side effects, and is technically easy to apply. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO or NOVAFON CLASSIC for neglect treatment.

  • lasting treatment effects

  • improve visual exploration and text reading

  • transfer from trained to untrained tasks, in both visual and tactile mode

  • encourage use of impaired limbs

  • increase independency in ADL (such as personal care, reaching and grasping, spatial orientation)

 

SCARS - SOFTEN SCAR TISSUE

Any burn, injury, or other trauma, such as surgery, can cause a scar. In scar treatment it is extremely important to stimulate and massage the scar tissue to prevent adhesion, restricted movement and possible pain. Local vibration therapy was found to be clinically effective in softening scar tissue and can be introduced after three to six weeks, once sutures were removed and the scar is fully healed, with many injuries. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO or NOVAFON CLASSIC for scar treatment.

  • stimulate cellular metabolism and increase blood flow

  • reduce pain and restrictions of motion

  • improve movability of tissue between layers of skin

 

PAIN – A DRUG FREE ALTERNATIVE

Vibration was found to reduce both acute and chronic pain in several scientific studies. Vibro-tactile stimulation of A-beta primary afferents (mechanoreceptors) produces potent inhibition of dorsal horn nociceptive (pain) neurons and therefore stops the brain feeling the pain. The vibrations also increase the blood flow and self-heeling processes in the treated area and help the body to remove metabolic waste. Stimulating either the painful area directly or a trigger point can ease pain and lead to long-term pain relief. We recommend to use NOVAFON PRO or NOVAFON CLASSIC for moderate pain and NOVAFON POWER for trigger points and hypertension.

  • reduce joint, muscle, nerve and phantom pain

  • inhibit transmission of nociceptive and neuropathic pain

  • reduce both acute and chronic

  • facilitate self healing processes

  • provide a different sensory input