Our new, innovative technology, Neuromotus, allows physiotherapists to help amputees to reduce phantom limb pain by taking control of it - literally. Neuromotus is the only technology in the world based on Phantom Motor Execution. This therapy allows patients control their phantom limb pain by activating muscles on their stump and eventually controlling their phantom limb.
This technology has shown a significant reduction of phantom limb pain in patients for whom no other treatment worked previously. Scientific Literature
A clinical study of Neuromotus showed: 50% pain reduction 50% less intrusion of Phantom Limb Pain in sleep 50% reduction in pain management medication. Registered effect still after 6 months
Neuromotus is a new innovative technology developed by Integrum, used for therapy to reduce phantom limb pain after an amputation. It’s a non-invasive, smart electronic device that captures, processes and decodes myoelectric signals to infer limb movements. Electrodes placed over the skin are used to capture muscular activity. The decoded phantom limb movements are visualized with a virtuallimb on the screen connected to Neuromotus, providing real-time feedback to the user. It is a tool to promote motor execution of the affected limb. Depending on the patient’s condition, the physician/therapist can use it for neuromuscular rehabilitation and pathological pain treatment.
Who can use Neuromotus?
Neuromotus can be used by physiotherapists, to help patients reduce phantom limb pain. The device is easy to use and our physiotherapist at Integrum, will help you get started with personal training if needed. Neuromotus can also be used directly by the patient, in consultation with the therapist. For clinics, Neuromotus is an opportunity to invest in tomorrow’s innovative technology. For therapists, it’s a unique tool to help their patients take control of their pain and get a long lasting improvement/reduction in pain. And for amputees, suffering from phantom limb pain, for whom no other treatment worked before, it’s an amazing chance to get their quality of life back. Several treatments based on virtual and augmented reality, as well as mirror therapy, available on the market, requires a healthy limb unlike Neuromotus. Upper limb, lower limb and bilateral amputees, can use this treatment, provided that they have residual muscle activity.
How does it work?
Neuromotus employs Augmented Reality and Machine Learning in a new way to treat phantom limb pain. Surface electrodes are placed on the stump along with a marker to provide information on motion intention and virtual limb location, respectively. Electrical muscle signals are sensed by the electrodes and decoded into movements by complex algorithms using artificial intelligence (AI). The patient can see him/herself on a screen, with a superimposed virtual limb, controlled using his/her own neural command in real time. After 12 sessions of phantom motor execution therapy, clinical studies showed that patients showed significant and clinically meaningful reductions in severity and frequency of phantom limb pain.
“My husband can live 10 years more than I expected, as pain now plays a less important role in his life and those close to him can see it”
Life partner of patient in the clinical study
A recent single-group clinical trial, has shown that Neuromotus reduced phantom limb pain, by approximately 50% in chronic intractable sufferers. These patients had previously tried several clinically available treatments for an average of 10 years and experienced no relief. At the last treatment session with Neuromotus, improvements were still observable in intensity, frequency, duration and quality of pain, which indicates that more treatment sessions might further reduce pain. Furthermore, the improvements achieved with Neuromotus were still observable six months after treatment.
What is Phantom Limb Pain?
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a common problem among amputees and can considerably affect the quality of life. Studies suggest that up to 80 percent of amputees develop PLP and one third of these are extremely bothered by it*.
Unfortunately, conventional therapies for treating phantom limb pain (e.g. mirror therapy, motor imagery, TENS) fall short of successfully treating this condition. Integrum has therefore developed a new system for effectively treating Phantom Limb Pain: “Neuromotus”
Are you interested?
Do you or your patients experience phantom limb pain, then the Neuromotus may be applicable for you.