Monday, January 8th, 2024
Saebo UK and our SaeboFlex celebrate 20 years in the UK this year. This is our story of how it all started and the journey that the Saebo UK team have made…..
When we started in 2004, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) was the go to treatment for chronic stroke survivors, (i.e. at least 6 months post stroke). Saebo clinics were run based on the CIMT protocols with one to one supervision/assistance, but adapted for those unable to grasp and release by incorporating our SaeboFlex. The SaeboFlex was used for at least 3 hours a day, with the SaeboStretch as a night time resting splint and a session of electrical stimulation thrown in. After every SaeboFlex session, the stroke survivor was asked to attempt every day activities without the splint. This was 20 years ago and revolutionary at the time. Today, the literature is full of modified CIMT protocols to enable more people to follow this outside of the original very strict protocol.
Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
What is it?
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS as it commonly referred to, is the use of electrical stimulation for pain relief.
In simple terms this type of electrical stimulation blocks the pain signals being sent to the brain and spinal cord to provide pain relief. It therefore doesn’t combat the cause of the problem but can provide much needed temporary relief for some users and is a potential alternative to medication.
Depending on the cause of the pain, the relief may provide relaxation to muscles that are in spasm because of the pain which will allow more freedom in movement. TENS can also stimulate the production of endorphins, our bodies natural pain killers.
Monday, August 7th, 2023
At Saebo we strive to empower our customers with as much knowledge as possible to ensure our devices our used to their optimum.
To do this, in addition to the comprehensive manuals that come with each product, we have a number of different ways in which we provide additional product support.
Our Clinical Team, with over 45 years experience between them in Neurological Rehabilitation, are available to assist with any queries or support required. They can be contacted by email, phone, video calls, WhatsApp, and across our social media platforms.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2023
Before considering using neuro muscular electrical stimulation (NMES), users need to be aware of the contraindications and whether this treatment is safe to use.
A contraindication in medicine is a reason not to use something as it may cause harm.
It would be understandable to presume that there is an agreed set list of contraindications that apply internationally for everyone. Unfortunately this is not the case so in this blog we are going to go through the most commonly agreed contraindications in the UK and discuss each one. By having some knowledge of the reasons behind each one, and any research behind them, it will hopefully help more users to use this evidence based treatment as part of their rehab.
Friday, April 14th, 2023
On 4th April the new UK and Ireland National Stroke Guidelines 2023 were published. The last published guidelines were the 5th edition in 2016, and 7 years is a long time in medicine.
These Guidelines bring the biggest changes to Stroke Care and Rehabilitation that we have ever seen.
Almost 300 recommendations were reviewed and updated, 62 key questions searched, 676 papers reviewed and the Guidelines were drafted by a group of over 170 topic experts from the UK and ROI, and they are NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellent) accredited.
Here at Saebo we have pored over the Guidelines and thought it would be helpful to highlight some key rehabilitation recommendations that stood out for us that are new to these Guidelines.
Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “An unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” And this can be from many different causes ranging from arthritis in a joint, to muscle damage from a sports injury to “post stroke pain” which might be from a shoulder subluxation, spasticity or joint stiffness from lack of movement.
We have previously discussed the use of TENS for pain relief in a previous blog but in this blog we are going to go more in depth into the use of Sensory Electrical Stimulation to manage pain.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2023
When there is little or no movement present in the arm early after a neurological injury such as Stroke, it can lead to the arm being ignored.
Focus often shifts to the leg to work on transferring or walking. How can you do exercises when there is no movement? You might therefore get taught positioning, or advised to rest it carefully on a pillow. You may even get provided with a splint to stop it tightening over time.
The good news is there are things you can do to start getting those messages firing within the brain. It’s important to deliver input to the brain to so that it can start to rewire itself; the brain has an amazing ability to adapt and reorganise itself after an injury. You may have heard the term “neuroplasticity” – this is defined as the ability of the nervous system to change its activity in response to intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing its structure, functions, or connections after injuries, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) . National Library of Medicine, Neuroplasticity, May 2022
Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
Awareness of Stroke signs can save lives. Crucial minutes matter.
It is World Stroke Day on October 29th and this years campaign is #precioustime. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a Stroke and acting quickly can save lives and reduce the life changing effects that a stroke may have on someone.
Thursday, June 9th, 2022
Guest Blog written by Phoebe Cassedy, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and expert in strength and fitness in older adults.
Most of us know we should all be exercising regularly, probably more than most of us are! Some of us may even recall the recommended amount we should be doing: the UK Public Health Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that adults, and older adults are active daily, with either 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, or 75 minutes of high or vigorous intensity activity (1). Moderate could be activities such as gardening, brisk walking, cycling (activities causing you to get a bit of short of breath but able to talk in full sentences). High or vigorous activities need to be more intense than this, including running or sports (enough to cause fast breathing and you shouldn’t be able to talk in full sentences). These are recommendations for all adults, including older adults and those living with chronic conditions.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
World MS day is the 30th May. The theme for 2022 (and 2023) is to build connections. Build connections to quality care, build connections to communities, both local and worldwide, and to build connections with yourself if you have MS.
To help support World MS Day, we wanted to provide a beginners guide to learning more about MS. What is it? How does it affect people? What treatment and management is available? and can Saebo help in anyway?