The VA’s Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development just published an article about MusicGlove for home use! Since our previous journal article revolved around MusicGlove during clinic use, we now have support for both applications.
Here’s what the study said.
MusicGlove vs The Written Sheets of Exercises
In the clinical study, MusicGlove was compared against conventional tabletop exercises normally used in the clinic. The MusicGlove group was sent home with a MusicGlove device, and participants in the control group were sent home with a booklet of tabletop exercises to complete, which is common upon discharge from the clinic.
The requirements: both groups were asked to perform self-guided therapy for at least 3 hours a week for 3 consecutive weeks. This totaled 9 hours of therapy during the study – a dose proven to create significant improvement in hand function.
Which Is Superior?
“Despite the fact that there was a significant increase in Box and Blocks score across both the MusicGlove and conventional therapy groups at 1 mo posttherapy, only the MusicGlove group converted this improvement in gripping function into increased self-reported functional use of the hand.”
In other words, MusicGlove translated better into real life application than conventional hand therapy. Which begs the question, why?
One possible explanation is that thumb opposition is critical for functional hand use, and “MusicGlove is more effective at promoting intensive training of thumb opposition than conventional therapy.”
So, in short, both MusicGlove and conventional hand therapy can help improve your fine motor skills. But if you want those skills to translate into your daily life (i.e. the activities of daily living), then MusicGlove is more effective.
“There is growing consensus that individuals typically perform far too few exercise repetitions to maximize recovery after stroke.” This can be troubling since repetition is the most important ingredient for neuroplasticity – the mechanism that the brain uses to rewire itself after injury.
MusicGlove helps with neuroplasticity because it promotes far more repetition than conventional therapy. And, even better, MusicGlove combines repetition with music and gaming, which is proven to be highly effective.
This is caused by the increased motivation to participate in therapy because the game is fun to play. The music also plays an important role because “the use of music during therapy may enhance neural reorganization, thus increasing functional outcomes.”
So, not only does MusicGlove increase your motivation and enjoyment, but your neuroplasticity is also given a boost! Which is the most important part.
All in all, MusicGlove combines all the necessary ingredients for effective hand therapy in a unique way that leads to better functional results than conventional tabletop hand therapy.
If you’d like to learn more about MusicGlove, please visit our information page.