The MyoPro® is a Myoelectric Arm Orthosis designed to support a weak or paralyzed arm.
With the orthosis, an individual may be able to return to levels of function and perform activities of daily living including feeding, reaching and lifting.
The MyoPro® can enable individuals to self-initiate and control movements of a partially paralyzed or weakened arm using their own muscle signals.
MyoPro® Overview Video
When the user tries to bend their arm, sensors in the brace detect the weak muscle signal, which activates the motor to move the arm in the desired direction. The user is completely controlling their own arm.
Michelle-MyoPro® User Video
Alex-MyoPro® User Video
The MyoPro® is intended for individuals with neuromuscular disorders that have resulted in a paralyzed arm. Disorders include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brachial plexus injury or plexopathy
The MyoPro® is worn in support of regaining functional use of the affected arm and possibly returning to several activities of daily living (ADS). It is designed for ease of use, enabling patients to don and operate it at home. Clinical benefits include achieving gross motor functional goals as well as limiting comorbidities such as spasticity, edema, weakness and synergistic or compensatory movement patterns.
Examples of Functional Goals:
- Feeding - User can hold food down with fork attachment while cutting with non-affected side, improvement in hand to mouth motion
- Carrying objects (bilaterally or unilaterally) - Laundry basket, purse
- Safety - User can carry objects in affected side while allowing non-affected side to stabilize or use their walking aid throughout task