(A pivotal piece of my MS Jigsaw)
Robo-Physio has been developed for home use. It is a compact device which allows you to lie with your spine comfortably placed between mechanical fingers to deliver the therapy.
The spinal massage bed allows you to have the therapy in your own home- so no travelling or extra exertion is involved – which for me is a real positive.
The company behind this new development is Pacla Medical. Chongsu Lee is the inventor of Robo-Physio.
The Scottish Enterprise Scheme, through the Scottish Government, has part-funded and backed its development. Medical Research Scotland (MRS) has commissioned research in to the whole ‘Spinal Approach to Health’ at Edinburgh Napier University.
The actual therapy itself involves 36 mechanical fingers gently pushing from side to side against the spine to relieve the build-up of stiffness that we all get in our spine.
I was privileged to be the first person with MS to try the Robo-Physio device. The results for me have been promising. After the therapy, my walking is more controlled and less rigid. I feel a greater ability to move without stiffness and with ease. My fatigue is reduced in the days following the treatment and my increased energy allows me to do more. The other big effect of Robo-Physio is the relief it gives me from any pain. I have gone on the spinal massage bed with back, neck and shoulder pain and came off it with the pain gone or negligible. For me, it is a very good tool for pain relief.
I should point out here that the improved results do not prove sustainable in the long term without further treatments. And as the device is under development my treatments have not been consistent. Therefore, I have experienced the positive improvements after a Robo-Physio treatment followed by them tapering off over several days and weeks if I did not have access to another treatment. This was only ever due to the fact the device was under development and not available. But that will soon be an issue of the past