Ness H200

Regain Arm and Hand Mobility and Recapture Your Independence

HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital offers NESS H200, a breakthrough in FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation). This technology can dramatically assist patients with neurological disorders affecting the function of the arm and hand- including sufferers of stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

The H200 is a non-invasive device worn on the forearm and hand that enables patients to perform everyday activities that were previously impossible. The NESS H200 can help the hand open and close, reduce stiffness, increase range of motion and strength, improve circulation, and assist in regaining awareness of an impaired limb.

In addition to the amazing therapeutic benefits of the H200, patients have also embraced the comfort and ease of use of the system. Unlike other systems, the H200 orthosis incorporates a self-adjusting fit to hold the wrist and hand in a functional position. This superior fit, coupled with the H200 electrode placement, allows patients to remove and replace the device without compromising therapy effectiveness. Also, the patented technology behind the H200 provides six different stimulation patterns to enable patients to perform a variety of tasks and use it for therapeutic activities as well. The system is also versatile enough to be used in varied settings, including the home, with little technical expertise.

How Does NESS H200 Work?

The Bioness NESS H200 system uses electrodes (pads) applied to the surface of the skin to stimulate and activate muscles that have been affected by stroke or injury to facilitate rehabilitation.

A microprocessor allows the therapist to program the device with a sequence of exercises customized for each patient. With the touch of a button on the small control unit, the therapist or patient can send mild stimulation to the nerves that perform a specific movement. This stimulation is used to move affected areas through repetitive exercises as part of the patient's therapy program. Using NESS H200 to facilitate these exercises also strengthens muscles that weaken from non-use, reduce spasticity, improve local blood flow and increase range of movement.

This system is engineered to produce optimum therapeutic benefits for patients, while simultaneously creating minimal disruption to daily life. The unique design and fitting system allows the therapist to custom-fit each orthosis ensuring maximum patient comfort. The simplicity of the system enables patients to apply and remove it when necessary, allowing for a seamless transition between inpatient and outpatient therapy. The simplicity of the Bioness system also encourages more frequent use, which can help more quickly facilitate greater independence.

Who Is a Candidate?

NESS H200 from Bioness is a therapeutic option for patients suffering from a variety of conditions. Patients who have received benefits include those with impairment of limb function due to:

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
There are a number of variables in determining candidacy for this therapy program. A trained therapist from HealthSouth Deaconess will evaluate several things, including your current level of function in the affected area, to ensure that the Bioness system will be beneficial in effectively addressing your condition.

There are specific contraindications where a person should not use this device and you will need to discuss this with your doctor and/or therapist.

What Are the Contraindications for Use?

Following are some general circumstances that might preclude you from using NESS H200. A trained therapist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate during the evaluation phase.

  • Patients with a demand-type cardiac pacemaker should not use the NESS H200.
  • Stimulation should not be applied directly over the area of a malignant tumor.
  • Do not use NESS H200 over areas of regional disorders, such as a fracture or dislocation, which would be adversely affected by motion from the stimulation.
  • Do not use NESS H200 simultaneously with high-frequency surgical equipment.
  • Do not use in proximity (less than 1 meter) to short wave or microwave therapy equipment.
  • The safety of NESS H200 during pregnancy has not been established.
  • Skin problems in areas of contact with the splint may be aggravated by use.
  • NESS H200 specific physician clearance should be obtained prior to use in patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)

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