Rewellio has already crossed the Atlantic to work with pilot customers, therapists and clinics to make its stroke rehabilitation platform available to the approximately 800,000 people, who experience a stroke in the United States every year. Gregg is now using Rewellio’s EMG biofeedback software module regularly at his therapy clinic.
Gregg and his family were one of the many families that were taken by surprise when he experienced a major stroke in 2017. When it happened, he was 49 and living in Houston, Texas with his wife Dawn and eleven year old son Kai. Gregg was working on his fishing boat, flushing the engines and doing some maintenance. “Gregg doesn’t ever sit still”, his wife Dawn explains to us. He was actually due to meet his son Kai and his wife in North Carolina right after he would finish his work, however, that was when he endured a massive ischemic stroke, resulting in the loss of 90% of his left hemisphere.
“Reweillo gives us something to believe in. We are very thankful for Rewellio’s technology and for the opportunity to be one of the very first to use it.”
Dawn continues explaining to us how they experienced the initial stages of Gregg’s therapy and how Rewellio’s EMG biofeedback module played its part: “Neurological recovery is a very long slow process. Motivation is hard to find for all personality types. Rewellio motivated Gregg. Seeing movements on a screen made them real. It motivates him as a game would, it brings out his competitive nature. We are excited to try Rewellio’s virtual reality module in 2019. Before using Rewellio, Gregg would begrudgingly work on his arm. To Gregg’s ‘prove it’ personality, it was a complete loss. He has never mourned over it or complained about it, but if it doesn’t show movement, ‘it will not move’. A good portion of the rehabilitation is believing in it. Obviously, very hard to do with his personality type. Even mirror therapy had moments of working when he would relax and just go through the motions. You could see him catch a glimpse and for a moment think it was his arm working. But almost immediately his rational mind would assess the situation and realize it was the mirror playing a trick. It was sad for him in the moment but he worked through it, not being one to look back. Rewellio gives us something to believe in. We are very thankful for Rewellio’s technology and for the opportunity to be one of the very first to use it.”
Gregg continues to make tremendous progress on his physical therapy. He is back at what he loves most: being out sailing with his friends and family.