Jessy Ohlsen, OT says her patients really enjoy therapies on the Tyromotion MYRO.
The MYRO looks like an overgrown iPad, but it is actually a pressure sensitive touch screen. Jessy uses it with patients who have visual or cognitive perceptual deficits, as well as those who have upper body weakness. The MYRO has games designed to improve visual attention, scanning, thinking skills, arm strength, and eye hand coordination.
“The MYRO is very versatile. You can adjust the height and the angle of the screen to customize it for the patient’s needs,” Jessy said. “The screen can be completely flat to play the air hockey game or to use the interactive tools, or it can be used vertically to work on weight-bearing at various angles. The patient can be sitting or standing depending on their needs.”
“The various interactive games engage patients and keep their interest.”
“The MYRO has so many different activities to work on movement or cognitive skills. Each activity can be easily changed to accommodate someone’s abilities or to work on different skills. You can change how the person is controlling the items on the screen depending on their goals for therapy. ”
There are also assessment programs that can measure pinch strength, force production, and coordination.
“I have also used the MYRO for patients with orthopedic injuries to increase strength and tolerance to pressure in the wrist, hand, elbow and shoulder.”
“The MYRO gets used here every day,” said Jessy. “Our clients seem to enjoy the interactive games and like competing with their scores from previous sessions.”