Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury and Mollii
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury caused to the brain since birth. There are many possible causes, including a fall, a road accident, tumour and stroke. In the UK there are approximately 350,000 NHS hospital admissions each year for all brain injuries including about 130,000 for stroke(Headway, 2016-17). Headway, the brain injury charity, provide helpful information and support in the UK for all stages of a person’s journey following a brain injury: www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury. Others are helpful too such as Stroke Association www.stroke.org.uk and Different Strokes www.differentstrokes.co.uk.
How is life affected by brain injury?
When the brain is damaged, it can affect both physical, cognitive and psychosocial functions of the person with the injury. Each brain injury is unique and leads to individual consequences.
With suitable assessment, the Mollii Suit can reduce the physical consequences such as spasticity, spasms, impaired or uncontrolled movement, muscle weakness and pain to enhance the rehabilitation and restoration of a person’s life and well-being.
A brain injury or stroke may affect several different body functions, with both visible and hidden consequences.
Hidden consequences can express themselves as impaired sensitivity, fatigue, difficulty in concentrating and memory, headaches or as social problems.
Visible consequences affect the physical body and are often easier for others to notice. They may be impaired movements (motor skills) and balance, muscle weakness or paralysis, spasticity with consequential pain and an inability to coordinate or plan movements. Day to day activities such as in walking, dressing or just holding a glass of water may become difficult.
Rehabilitation with the right support, can enable the affected person to learn to handle or adjust for the symptoms of brain damage.
Read below about how Mollii has helped people with acquired brain injury and stroke to obtain meaningful benefits.