FUNCTIONAL TONE MANAGEMENT (FTM)
using the flexible orthosis SaeboflexFM
The rehabilitation program F.T.M. and the Saeboflex were invented in the U.S.A. in 2002 by two occupational therapists, John Farrell and Henry Hoffman.
The Saeboflex is a flexible hand and wrist orthosis that is used according to theF.T.M. protocol to people suffering from hemiplegia caused by cerebral palsy, neurological injuries, incomplete spinal cord lesions and craniocerebral injuries.
The orthosis is designed for individuals with some shoulder and elbow movement but little or no movement of the fingers and the wrist and helps patients to execute target-oriented movements that would have been impossible otherwise. Initially, this is achieved via repeated grasp and release exercises.
The aim of the F.T.M. and the Saeboflex is to reduce the acquired non-usage and the spasticity of the hand and to increase its use, strength and movement control in order to ameliorate the quality of the patient’s life.