ALLYANE for the treatment of motor disorders
Trauma, gait abnormality, ankle instability, spasticity, sequelae following a stroke…
All of these motor disorders can have a negative impact on the quality of life for the millions of people suffering from them. In France 6000 sprains occur every day1, there are 1.3 million cases of adhesive capsulitis (shoulder pain) and more than 150,000 strokes2 per year. Over half of these incidents result in sequelae.
The consequences are as significant in our everyday lives as they are for society as a whole.
But thanks to advances in neuroscience, ALLYANE is able to offer an innovative method whose rapid and long-lasting effects have been acknowledged in recent years by many patients, doctors and healthcare professionals.
Gait abnormalities have multiple causes: peripheral or central (Cerebellar or vestibular strokes), post-traumatic (muscle impairment, joint pain or stiffness, flexural deformities, lameness), rheumatologic or even due to plano-valgus feet. They can cause real public health issues, especially in the elderly. Most patients present with easily identifiable motor inhibitions and with a significant emotional impact. Fear of falling or of the pain leads to a series of compensations that affect not only the gait but also considerably lengthen the healing process. ALLYANE’s approach to these gait abnormalities is to treat the problem as a whole, on both the physical and emotional levels.
Thanks to the effect of the specific low frequency sound signals of the Alphabox®, and of the use of mental imagery, it is possible to reactivate the deficient muscles, to relax the hypertonic muscles and to install a gait pattern that is closer to the patient’s true capabilities. One session is sometimes enough to recover a fluid walking pattern and this can have a major impact on the patient’s physical and mental well-being.
Spasticity is the permanent and disproportionate increase in muscle contraction (muscular tension) in a muscle at rest or during voluntary movement. It occurs in most cases of neurological damage, such as in hemiplegia, para or tetraplegia, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. This abnormal muscular tension opposes voluntary movements such as gripping or automatic movements such as walking, and is worsened by fatigue or anxiety. Reducing spasticity is a major challenge in the motricity and comfort of patients and Medicine still has no real solution for these motor defects.
Medication or Botulinum toxin injections help control spasticity. On the same level, the ALLYANE procedure is a non-invasive, effective, complementary treatment that allows the patient to adjust the level of spasticity through their breathing and an awareness of the relaxation of their muscles.
Thanks to an original procedure based on low frequency sounds, we install an automatism of relaxation using breathing exercises. The impact on motricity can sometimes be spectacular. The length of time the effects last varies but patients often experience improvement with just one session per month.
Adhesive capsulitis refers to the decreased articular capacity of the shoulder due to inflammation of the capsule – the membrane surrounding the joint – and results in shoulder stiffness. This disorder, which can be extremely disabling, is painful and often long-lasting. It is usually treated with rehabilitation sessions with a physiotherapist over a 2 to 18-month period. The ALLYANE method is particularly effective for adhesive capsulitis and ensures rapid recovery. Sometimes, after just one session, patients are able to raise their arm almost as before. This is simply due to the fact that the motor inhibitions of the shoulder have major emotional connotations and ALLYANE allows the patient to readjust the link between the movement and the pain.
Lower back pain, Sciatica
Lower back and sciatic nerve pain (sciatica) is often chronic. It is an extremely common complaint and more than 2 out of every 3 employees will suffer from it at some point. One case in 10 leads to physical and psychological degeneration. Sciatica, in particular, is generally treated with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, local injections of analgesics and corticosteroids, and also with osteopathy sessions. Through neuromotor reprogramming of posture or muscular activation of the main muscles controlling posture, the ALLYANE method can provide an effective, lasting solution for chronic lower back pain, whether due to sciatica or not.
Chronic ankle instability is defined as a series of sprains, accompanied by a feeling of unsteadiness when walking on uneven ground and sometimes also pain or swelling under effort. This instability can be favoured by having plano-valgus feet, otherwise known as collapsed arches, and can be present even before having ever suffered a sprain. Although 90% of sprains will heal naturally, the ligaments can stretch and lose their stabilising function. When this happens, sprains occur more easily, often during mundane activities. This instability can cause complications and in the long-term, arthritis of the ankle. In fact, certain important muscles that stabilise the ankle become deprogrammed and do not respond well, or in time, to stress on the ankle. The ALLYANE procedure provides an ideal solution in reprogramming these muscles or can also adjust the patient’s plantar arch
Between 1.5 and 3 million French people suffer from neuropathic pain, also known as neurogenic pain. This pain results either from damage to the peripheral nervous system (diabetes, aids, cancer or after a herniated disc operation or amputation with typical phantom limb pain), or through damage to the central nervous system (a stroke or multiple sclerosis). Neuropathic pain takes the form of a sensation of electric shocks, tingling, burning or on the contrary, aching cold.
Patients are usually referred to pain management centres and the treatment available does not always give satisfactory results. This persistent, stabbing pain has a negative effect on the patient’s morale, and is often unresponsive to medication or surgery (spinal cord stimulation) or even to non-drug treatments (transcutaneous electrical stimulation).
The ALLYANE solution for patients suffering from neuropathic pain is to re-programme the correct movements and to give patients emotional control through relaxation tools. These solutions have the advantage of being non-invasive and have no side effects.
Any traumatic accident (a fracture, sprain, or muscular or ligament injury), induces serious atrophy in a certain number of muscles that are key to the functioning of the affected limb. It is never easy to regain full muscle strength after these injuries, hence the importance of physical rehabilitation and then reathletisation.
The problem is that, very often, the patient adopts a motor inhibition that is useful for the healing process as the injured joint is rested, but after a few weeks the patient no longer knows how to contract the muscles affected by the immobilisation properly. Physical rehabilitation, whether through strengthening exercises or muscular electroneurostimulation, is not always effective in reconnecting the muscle and the brain, and consequently patients take some time to recover their autonomy. A number of compensations are adopted and it becomes more and more difficult to rid the patient of these inhibitions.
ALLYANE is in an excellent position to treat these inhibitions thanks to its neuromotor reprogramming procedure. Recovering or improving muscular recruitment quality has an immediate effect on muscle function and strength. Often just one session is sufficient and opens the way to effective reathletisation.
1 – Source : Société Francophone d’urgences Médicales
2 – Source : France AVC