Can You Detect Increases In Range Of Motion With Motus Nova?

With Dr. Nick Housley 19th Nov, 21


Motus Nova uses high-dose repetitive task practice to help you improve the range of motion and strength of the arm. It will also reduce stiffness in muscles that will help in relieving your pain. Further, Motus Nova increases functional capacity and assists you in translating the detected range of motion on Motus Nova into actual tasks.

How Do Motor Functions Work?

There are a lot of prerequisites that have to happen for you to get to the point where you can actually have the movement. For instance, there was the point when you could not pick up your coffee mug, and suddenly one day, you did that task. Therefore, you need to imagine functions in terms of steps.

For you to perform a specific task, a number of things must come together, such as the right aperture of your hand, the coordination of your limb joints, and the right trajectory. However, if one of those things goes wrong, you will fail the task. The motor function works in a similar way.

Why Are You Unable To Perform A Task Despite Improvement On The Graph Of Motus Nova?

One of the reasons for this is that Motus Nova filters out the transients that cause the shaking or bumping of the device during processing. Therefore, you may actually be seeing some subclinical improvements in capabilities.

Additionally, some base-level functions act as foundations for the increase in the range of motion or strength force production during stroke rehabilitation. These are all prerequisites to building up to an actual function. Therefore, if you do not have any range of motion, strength, or ability to control all your muscles perfectly, you will not be able to complete a task.

How Can You Translate The Range Of Motion On Motus Nova Into Actual Tasks?

You have to build those individual components up, a layer on function, and then transition from those basal foundational skills to the actual functional task that can be very hard. That is more challenging if you start with a lower level of capabilities, such as very little or no active movement to some active movement. Moreover, it will be a big and non-linear step in comparison to having some functions.

Moreover, you can do some functional activities after practicing the Motus Nova during stroke rehabilitation. You can use the transitional period to work on functional tasks by layering those on top of the practice that is done with the device to increase the range of motion. Once you get a prime nervous system and get some of the muscle activations, then you can effectively strengthen on those tasks. Furthermore, you can be creative about repetitive task practice and functional therapy during stroke rehabilitation.


To conclude, you can use Motus Nova to translate the range of motion and strength into real-world tasks. However, this can be challenging if you do not have a lot of active movement, but you can start with simple tasks, leaning, extension, and flexion. And you will be able to see the real-world consequences of the improvements.

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