The Harrison Humphreys team approached St Giles three years ago looking for a project they could grow to support the children who use St Giles service. The physiotherapy team at St Giles identified the Motomed as the type of device they could put to good use. Harrison Humphreys made four substantial donations towards the purchase of the Motomed, and St Giles are now able to look at other devices that Harrison Humphreys will help fund.
St Giles relationship with Harrison Humphreys has grown with their sponsorship of the 2014 and 2015 Balfour Burn and auction assistance at cocktail events. Recently, Harrison Humphreys has also been instrumental in helping St Giles grow a relationship with Hawthorn Football Club as well as providing a team of volunteers who cooked a barbecue as part of the 2015 Balfour Burn.
Movement therapy Device – Motomed
The Motomed arm and leg cycles allow children in wheelchairs to exercise in a way that just isn't possible with physiotherapy exercises alone.
This device helps children and young people with movement disorders as well as post operative rehabilitation and was trailed at St Giles during May.
St Giles found that we were able to achieve results for multiple children that we had previously been unable to achieve during physiotherapy training sessions.
Our department believes that the Motomed Gracile will become a valued tool for the ongoing treatment of children with special needs.
The device is used extensively in Europe for the strengthening and management of spasticity and tone in children with movement related disorders including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, trauma, brain injury, paraplegia, muscular dystrophy, muscular diseases and post operative rehabilitation and other physical, neurological and mental impairments.
Combined, tablets and the Motomed have been identified by our senior therapists as the items that have the potential to transform the daily delivery of therapy to the children who use our service from birth to 18 years.