Thursday 14 December 2017

A smart way to help people with Parkinson's

An app is helping with Parkinson's disease
An app is helping with Parkinson's disease

A smartphone app, developed by an Irish phsyiotherapist is now helping people with Parkinson's disease in forty countries.

The founder, Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical from DunLaoghaire-Rathdown, said the app tailors individual metronome therapy (therapy used for Parkinson's) that provides a beat, or soundwave.

This helps cue and control movement in Parkinson's disease, and addresses the mobility symptoms of the condition.

"We also provide live real time exercises, and feedback on the users voice clarity and volume and treatments for the fine hand movement symptoms. The exercises are all based on clinically proven treatments currently available in a hospital, but just made available at home through the mobile phone."

Ciara who was a finalised in the 2017 IBYE - Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur - competition now hopes to develop apps for other conditions.

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