After a stroke or a neurological disorder (Alzheimer’s or Dementia) has been diagnosed, what exactly are the options available to sufferers? One option available to therapists and patients alike is tactile stimulation. By using the sensation of touch and texture, patients with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or even recovering from a stroke can benefit. Tactile stimuli, such as, massage rollers, Wilbarter brushes, or even water activity tables can help sufferers. Many tactile stimulation instruments can be key in regaining or maintaining gross motor skills and muscle movements by providing proprioceptive feedback to the patient. This is not something that happens overnight, so patient compliance to therapy can be a key to success!!
What exactly is available to patients and therapists in order to maximize tactile stimulation therapy four stroke or Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients? Depending on each unique individual, your therapist will decide what tactile stimuli will be the most effective for your needs. There are many available and may include:
This pad contains a water-based gel and colorful stars in order to provide tactile and visual stimulation for the user. It can even be heated in order to benefit arthritic patients. It can be placed on a tabletop or even the user’s lap in order to get the maximum benefit from tactile stimulation therapy.
|Skil-Care Sensory Stimulation Gel Pad|
The soft, flexible design of this wrap easily conforms to the shape of any user’s body providing vibrating stimuli for the user. The padded vibrator has two speeds of therapy can be tailored to each individual and the switch activated tubular vibrator is able to wrap around any body part needed to provide vibrotactile feedback and only weighs 1.25 lbs.
|Tubular Vibrator Wrap|
Wall-mounted, this panel has a wide range of shapes and textures, and even colors to stimulate the user’s visual and tactile senses. It encourages motion like fine motor skills and reinforces eye/hand coordination, recognition and even visual perception. The textures on this board are carefully selected in order to provide a wide range of temperatures, softness/hardness, and they include fabric, tile, carpet, and synthetic turf. A wide range of tactile stimuli for every patient!!
|Rompa Abstract Tactile Panel|
Armed with six different levels and 36 messages of seven seconds apiece, this communicator is a great place to start using tactile stimulation therapy for communication purposes. It has six large plates with different textures around it where you can record and playback your messages. It’s a great tool for cognitive therapy associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia four stroke recovery. Mounted on a lazy Susan it is easy to spin in order to feel all of your options before choosing which message to replay.
|Totally Tactile Communicator
Tactile stimulation therapy can be great way to maintain or regain cognitive function when dealing with a stroke or other neurological disorders. Alzheimer and dementia patients benefit from various tactile stimuli during therapy and those who have suffered a stroke also can begin the road to recovery through tactile stimulation therapy.
Disclaimer: All content found on our website, including images, videos, infographics and text were created solely for informational purposes. Our content should never be used for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Content shared on our websites is not meant to be used as a substitute for advice from a certified medical professional. Reliance on the information provided on our website as a basis for patient treatment is solely at your own risk. We urge all our customers to always consult a physician or a certified medical professional before trying or using a new medical product.
Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
In 2006, ...
When traditional oral intake is not feasible, enteral feeding comes into play. It supports nutritional needs of individuals recovering from an injury or surgery. Dive into this informative article and learn what, when, why, and how of enteral feeding and ensure optimal patient care.
Looking for a non-invasive option to manage carpal tunnel symptoms? Experience relief from constant tingling and pain with this Carpal Solution Wrist Support. Read this article to know about the unique features and benefits of this wrist support brace designed to deal with CTS and find why it is one of the most reliable wrist braces available on the market.
Need an effective and affordable nebulizer? Look no further, in this article we offer 5 of our best reviewed nebulizers that are loved by our customers. Click to read more and find the perfect nebulizer for all your respiratory needs.
Worried about nighttime leaks? Say goodbye to leakage with our ten best overnight adult diapers and wake up refreshed and dry.
Neck pain can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy life. Traction device improves your cervical health and overall well-being. Read more to find our best cervical traction devices designed to curb the stiffness and discomfort of cervical muscles.