Home therapy devices are an excellent way to achieve a faster recovery from stroke.
It’s important for patients to find devices suitable for their ability level and goals, so we put together this guide for just that.
Today we’ll discuss the differences between the two devices so that you can decide which will most benefit your recovery.
MusicGlove Helps Improve Mobility in Your Hand
MusicGlove is a hand therapy device that is made specifically to help exercise your affected hand. It’s clinically proven to improve hand function in 2 weeks.
You place the glove over your hand and then perform various hand exercises in sync with a musical game. There are 5 exercises total that you perform.
It’s easy to get totally immersed in MusicGlove hand therapy because it’s a lot of fun to play! Plus, music is very healing to the brain.
FitMi Helps Improve Mobility in Your Full Body
FitMi is a more versatile home therapy device that exercises your full-body, including your legs, core, arm, and hand.
With FitMi, you interact with two different pucks that track your movement. The game cues different full-body exercises and it provides direct feedback while recording your progress.
The better you get, the more exercises you unlock. There are 40 exercises total that you can perform.
MusicGlove Requires Some Preexisting Movement
In order to use MusicGlove hand therapy, you need the ability to touch your thumb to any one of your fingertips.
Some patients in the past have has success using MusicGlove with no movement, but it was a special case.
You can read the article and see if it’s something that you’d like to try.
FitMi Requires No Preexisting Movement
FitMi, on the other hand, is suitable for all impairment levels, including individuals with no movement.
If you have no movement and you’d like to use FitMi, you can perform the exercises passively. Passive exercise helps activate neuroplasticity the same way that active exercise does.
Typically, with enough passive exercise, you can regain enough movement to start active exercise.
Both Devices Motivate More Repetition than Traditional Therapy
Repetition helps facilitate healing in the brain because it activates neuroplasticity. The more repetitions you perform, the more your brain heals.
Unfortunately, traditional therapy typically helps patients complete 30-40 reps per session. This is problematic because, although 30-40 reps is beneficial, it will yield slow results.
Low repetition means less neuroplasticity is engaged.
Both Devices Speed Up Recovery
To speed up recovery, you need to accomplish a high number of quality repetitions.
MusicGlove hand therapy helps motivate patients to complete 750+ repetitions per half hour session – and that’s on ‘easy’ mode!
FitMi helps motivate patients with severe impairment to complete 400+ repetitions per half hour session, and those with moderate impairment can complete 1600+!
Both of our devices help patients see faster results because they motivate a massive amount of repetition and healing in the brain.
Both Devices Are Fun to Use
MusicGlove is arguably the most fun rehabilitation tool around. It combines music and gaming seamlessly with effective hand therapy and patients love using it!
FitMi also comes with a musical game that you can play, and it also provides satisfying auditory, visual, and haptic feedback with each repetition.
Not only is feedback good for your brain and neuroplasticity, but it also keeps you engaged so that you can get even more reps in.
The more fun and engaging your home therapy devices is, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Which Device Is Right for You?
Repetition and consistency are the formula for stroke rehab success, so it’s important to ensure that your home therapy device has those qualities.
FitMi and MusicGlove are excellent options to continue recovery at home because they provide the repetition, feedback, and fun that you need to activate neuroplasticity and see results.