More motivated patients through digital therapy for MS
Sauerlandklinik – Neurological Special Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis
Independence for the patients, relief for the therapists
After a short briefing, patients can already train independently on the rehab sports equipment. A contact person is always nearby but can also devote time to other patients or documentation.
“Any age group can also use the Pixformance stations. That’s great that so many patients can benefit from the training as long as their cognitive abilities allow. And by saving time, it’s ultimately not only the patients who benefit, but also us effectively,”, Buchstein says.
The decision was made last year in favor of an innovative, digital device like the one from Pixformance is no coincidence. After all, the topic of digitalization plays a significant role at the Sauerland Clinic. Several modern devices have already been purchased. The physiotherapeutic manager also mentioned the study situation on the internal and external focus of attention.
“Unlike internal attentional focus, where you guide the patient in persona, for example, telling them, ‘Raise your arm’ and giving them assistance, pixformance training is an external attentional focus.”
The patient receives the exercise instruction externally through the ward. Therefore, he is no longer as focused on his own body but pays more attention to the exercise performance in the Pixformance Station. That makes for a more significant improvement effect.
“It’s like playing games, and sometimes you don’t notice how time passes either. And that’s scientifically based, that the movements are thus performed more reflexively, and you improve significantly,”, Buchstein says of the benefit of digital movement therapy for MS through Pixformance.