Thought Technology Showcasing Rehab Solution for Continence Training at MEDICA

By Michael Barbella, Managing Editor | 11.16.22

The company's MyOnyx system can be used for single or dual-site muscle rehabilitation protocols.

Thought Technology Ltd. is demonstrating its MyOnyx rehab device this week at MEDICA, the world's largest medical trade show, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Developed for the rehab market, the MyOnyx rehab solution features a sleek hand-held device, equipped with two surface electromyography (sEMG) sensors that measure and display muscle activity in real-time. For use in continence training, it is coupled with a vaginal or rectal sensor and pressure sensors, it provides feedback that helps the rehab professional ensure the activation of the specific muscles being targeted for treatment. Both patient and therapist can see when exercises are performed correctly and efficiently. In addition, one of its four stimulation sensors can be used for electrical stimulation of vaginal/rectal sensors.

Urinary and fecal incontinence is a very common disabling syndrome that can severely impact the quality of life and well-being. Population-based studies have shown that urinary incontinence ranges between 2% and 25% in adults and that it is three times more common in women than in men. The prevalence of fecal incontinence ranges between 2% and 20% in the adult population and it equally affects men and women. It is frequently prescribed pre and post-childbirth or prostatectomy surgery. Incontinence can severely impact lifestyle forcing sufferers to withdraw from day-to-day physical activity.

“A significant segment of the population will experience incontinence at some point in their lives," said Helen Mavros, Thought Technology's sales and marketing director. "The MyOnyx rehab solution takes continence training to the next level by helping clinicians provide targeted training while helping their clients learn to perform training exercises more effectively. It’s really about helping people regain confidence and restoring their freedom to do the things they love.”

The MyOnyx rehab solution features training screens specifically designed for pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation. During the training sessions, the patient is guided by a bargraph or a tone to contract/relax the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) throughout a series of exercises, including tense/relax and quick flicks. As with any muscle being trained, this increases the size of the PFM, strengthens its tone at rest, and heightens awareness of its contraction.

A powerful tool for continence training, the MyOnyx system can be used for single or dual-site muscle rehabilitation protocols. When muscle activity is greatly reduced, due to partial paralysis, EMG-triggered electrostimulation is an effective technique to help restore strength and movement control. The MyOnyx provides two channels of STIM/EMG-triggered STIM and four channels of electrostimulation options, including NMES.

MyOnyx is also a helpful tool for patient follow-up and outcome measurement. Users can download EMG biofeedback sessions (RMS) to the Android app and use it to review the data and print out statistical reports. It can be connected to a PC to easily access raw EMG data and generate session and trend reports - essential tools for documenting session work and tracking progress.

Founded in 1975, Thought Technology is a biofeedback and physiological instrument manufacturer. Its products are used as an essential part of many therapeutic treatments and clinical assessment protocols in more than 85 countries and are used by tens of thousands of clinicians in thousands of medical institutions. Thought Technology Ltd. equipment is now being used in telemedicine, web-based monitoring and biofeedback, sports training, research in human-machine interface, physiology-driven multimedia environments, and virtual reality. The companuyhas obtained and maintains ISO 13485, and CE certifications for the organization and products. 

Thought Technology is exhibiting at MEDICA through Nov. 17 in Hall 16, J44.