What is a MyoPro Orthosis?
A breakthrough in modern medical robotics
MyoPro is a powered arm and hand orthosis (brace) designed to help restore function to the wearer’s paralyzed or weakened upper extremities, helping individuals perform actions and daily activities that might otherwise be impossible. The MyoPro may also facilitate rehabilitation including muscle re-education and increasing range of motion.
How does the MyoPro work?
Originally developed at MIT with Harvard Medical School, the MyoPro arm and hand orthosis device works by reading the faint nerve signals (myoelectric signals) from the surface of the skin (fully non-invasive, with no implants) then activating small motors to move the limb as the user intends (no electrical stimulation). The user is completely controlling their own hand, wrist, elbow, and arm; the robotic arm brace amplifies weak muscle signals to help move the upper limb. It has been called “power steering for your arm.” While there are many prosthetic products for those who have lost their arms, hands or legs, and while there are orthotic products to support weak legs, MyoPro is the only wearable robotic device on the market to help restore function for those who still have their arms and hands but are unable to use them.
What conditions can be helped by the MyoPro Orthosis?
The most common medical conditions are those involving neuromuscular and neurological disease or injury, including:
- Stroke Arm Paralysis
- Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis