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Devices & Digital Therapy

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Devices & Digital Therapy

The world of digital therapies and devices in cardiovascular rehab is growing rapidly, offering exciting possibilities for enhancing and personalizing treatment. Imago uses a combination of proprietary and third-party technologies with their patients and, depending on the needs of each individual, your Imago therapist may recommend one or more of these:

  • Wearable activity trackers and smartwatches: These monitor steps, distance, heart rate, and calorie expenditure, motivating patients to track progress and adhere to exercise goals. Some models might even detect falls or abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Pedometers and step counters: Simple and effective tools for monitoring daily walking activity and motivating patients to gradually increase their steps.
  • Biofeedback devices: These provide real-time feedback on physiological response, like skin temperature or muscle activity, encouraging patients to learn relaxation techniques or improve limb awareness.
  • Compression garments: Specially designed socks, stockings, or sleeves can improve circulation, reduce swelling, and alleviate pain, often used in conjunction with exercise and education.
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units: These devices deliver low-level electrical pulses to the skin, potentially reducing pain and improving circulation in some patients.
Digital Therapies:
  • Remote monitoring platforms: These platforms allow healthcare professionals to track patients’ progress remotely, including activity levels, heart rate, and other vital signs. This enables personalized adjustments to treatment plans and timely interventions if needed.
  • Interactive exercise apps and programs: These provide guided video or audio instructions for specific exercises, allowing patients to perform their prescribed routines at home with proper form and motivation.
  • Educational and motivational apps: These offer information about vascular conditions, healthy lifestyle habits, and self-management strategies, empowering patients to take control of their health.
  • Virtual reality (VR) and gamified rehabilitation: Emerging technologies like VR immerse patients in engaging virtual environments while performing exercises, improving adherence and potentially reducing pain perception.
  • Mental health apps and platforms: Managing stress and anxiety, common challenges in vascular patients, can be aided by mindfulness and relaxation apps or online support groups.

Choosing the right devices and therapies depends on individual needs and goals. Consulting your healthcare team will help determine what tools can best complement your vascular rehab program and maximize your chances of success.

Remember, while these technologies offer promising benefits, they should not replace the personalized guidance and supervision of a qualified physical therapist or occupational therapist.

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