The STIWELL med4 electrotherapy device is used for rehabilitation after stroke and other neurological disorders (traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy in infantile brain damage, multiple sclerosis, etc.), muscle build-up after accident, illness or surgery and to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in cases of urinary and fecal incontinence. The STIWELL med4 is used for inpatient and outpatient treatment and for home therapy.
Inactivity, e.g., after accident, surgery or illness, causes the skeletal muscles to atrophy.
The STIWELL med4 can be used to build up or preserve the muscles in disorders ranging from mild atrophy to complete paralysis (denervation). In addition, the device helps to improve muscle coordination and mobility as well as blood circulation. It is often used in the therapy of arms and legs after shoulder, hip and knee surgery.
It can also be used to treat various symptoms of spinal cord diseases (e.g. herniated disk, nerve compression syndromes) such as paralysis and pain.
The STIWELL med4 is used to practice motion sequences with targeted activities. Everyday movements such as gripping an object, lifting it to the mouth and then releasing it, can be repeated and practiced on a regular basis. The patient controls the motion impulse independently while the STIWELL med4 provides correctly timed stimulation sequences. Combined biofeedback and functional electrostimulation allow various treatment approaches. In addition, the device supports targeted muscle strengthening after neural lesions (e.g. facial, peroneal, plexus or femoral nerve pareses). It can also be used to treat excessive muscle tone (spasticity).
The STIWELL med4 electrotherapy is used to activate and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in cases of urge, stress, mixed and fecal incontinence, e.g. after surgery, illness or pregnancy.
Pelvic floor training with the STIWELL med4 can lead to functional improvement through targeted sensitization, activation, strengthening and relaxation of the pelvic floor. In the early therapy phase the patient independently controls the voluntary contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles via acoustic and visual signals (biofeedback). This is crucial for many patients to enable them to perform these functions involuntarily later on.
Univ.Doz.Dr. Thomas Bochdansky describes how lost muscle mass (e.g. after accident, surgery, illness) can be regained with electrotherapy.
Physiotherapist Gerhard Köchl talks about his many years of experience with electrotherapy in rehabilitation after neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury).
Judith Rathmayr, an experienced physiotherapist and osteopath, talks about electrotherapy and biofeedback in the treatment of incontinence (e.g. after pregnancy).