＊The Brain, the Most Important Human Organ
An adult’s brain weighs only about 3 lbs, but it is known to be one of the most important organs in our bodies. Because the brain is very soft and delicate, it is susceptible to damage under external force and can also be susceptible to damage from internal forces like strokes and aneurysms as well. The brain produces clear, colorless liquid called the cerebrospinal fluid that flows outside the brain, and the brain is protected by floating within this liquid. The cerebrospinal fluid helps to mitigate external impact and lessen outside forces. The brain can be divided into three different parts based on where they are located: The cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brain stem in between.
The brain is responsible for almost all functions related to seeing, hearing, thinking, moving, and feeling. The different parts of the brain are closely linked with each other in complex ways, enabling us to do a variety of different things. These connections enable us to perform complex activities as part of our daily lives. When the parts of the brain responsible for such complex activities are damaged, the result is difficulty in the areas that those functions of the brain controls.
＊Functions of brain part
- Cerebrum: Responsible for higher-level thinking, such as language, calculation, thoughts, judgment, etc.
- Cerebellum: Contributes to coordination and precision in movement
- Brain stem: In charge of vital functions for survival, such as consciousness, respiration, heart rate, movements of the stomach and intestines, etc.
＊The brain and stroke
One of the most widely known diseases associated with such an important organ is a stroke. Stroke refers to the disruption in the blood supply to the brain, resulting from a clot or a bleed, which leads to the death of brain cells within a short period of time. This leads to deficits in the areas mentioned above based on the area of the brain that was affected.
Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability in the US. As can be seen in the statistics, stroke is a much more common occurrence than many people know, and many are suffering from the aftereffects of this disease.
Individuals who have had strokes face ongoing difficulties in their daily lives due to conditions such as hemiplegia. “RAPAEL Home” was developed to provide these patients with the opportunity to receive hand and arm rehabilitation whenever and wherever they want. The internal artificial intelligence algorithm gives recommendations on suitable games for the patients to guide their rehab program. These games motivate users and enable patients to have fun during their rehabilitation training. If you are interested in learning more about RAPAEL Smart Rehab products, please visit our website for more information.
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A Vietnam Veteran who had 3 strokes: Michael Eustace
I went to move and I couldn’t. I moved forward and slid right onto the floor. Started to get a little bit better and then I had another stroke. And then had problems with the heart and wound up having 3 strokes and 1 heart attack.
I couldn’t move my arm, I couldn’t move my hand, I couldn’t do anything. At that point I started to try to get better.
They kept saying, “What is your goal?”
I said my goal is to get up and walk again.
My goal is to get up and use my hand.
For me it was like it opened up a world of things that I could do with my hand, and get more mobility, because it motivates you to do more. You don’t appreciate things that you do before that you can’t do now.
"If it wasn’t for RAPAEL, I’d probably never bend my hand the way it is now."
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