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Treax Pads is an innovative training system for many different kinds of training and movement. The system targets a variety of users and training situations, for example, rehabilitation after acquired brain injury, physical training for elderly, or development of children’s motor and cognitive skills.
Treax Pads respond to the touch of hands or feet, and the system’s different functions train the body as well as the brain. The training system improves motor and cognitive skills in a pleasant and entertaining way. The Treax Pads system gives unique feedback in all of its functions. The feedback motivates the user and makes it possible to see improvement and evaluate progress.
The system is composed of a number of differently coloured pads that respond to touch. It’s easy for the therapist or user to create individualized exercises for balance, coordination and weight-bearing. Treax Pads have four basic functions: the force indication scale, random light signals, reaction and balancefunction.
Treax Pads is a highly flexible rehabilitation system that enables the therapist to design training activities to fit the functionality level and training needs of each user. The system can be expanded with more pads as the user’s skills improve. Increasing the number of pads can make exercises into social games, where several users are active. The system can be used on the floor or be mounted on the wall with the accessory wall mounting board.
The TREAX Pads were developed with the involvement of experts, persons with brain injuries and therapists. Their needs and preferences have defined the main features of the TREAX concept.
The advantages of the TREAX Pads are:
• High flexibility in level of difficulty and training goals.
• Combines training of cognitive and motor skills.
• Provide immediate and evaluative feedback.
• Easy to use!
Choosing larger sets provides greater freedom in all activities. The random functionality in particular can be fully exploited when larger sets are chosen. Using the Medium set it’s possible to create a field of pads, enabling a twister-like activity. With multiple pads of each color available, the user’s planning skills and executive functions are also challenged. Which purple pad is closest and easiest to access or which will get me across the field in the fewest steps?
With the Large set, it is possible to compose setups for social game play. As the field of pads that can be created is larger it can accommodate two users at a time. This adds a social aspect to the exercise and further challenges planning skills and executive functions. The users now have to pass each other and they can even strategically block one another’s route. The example shows two users responding to each other’s random light signals, trying to reach the other’s side first.
The Treax Pads has some inbuild functions, that everyone can use in many different forms of exercises. Here is an overview of the functions.
The force indication scale may be activated either by hand or foot to exercise either upper or lower extremities. When the appropriate mode is chosen, the pads react to the amount of force or weight applied to each of them. The light scale at the front of the pads responds dynamically to change in force or weight applied by the user. The feedback clarifies and aids understanding of how changes in motor actions or body posture affect the force or weight applied to the pads.
As the TREAX Pads come in three different colors, the random light signal corresponds to these three colors. When the user receives a light signal he/she should navigate to a pad of that specific color. Activating the next pad will then again provide a random color light signal, directing the user further. Unlike the force indication scale, this function does not react to the amount of force applied to it, but only to activation as such. Therefore, exercises using this mode have less focus on applied force or weight and more focus on cognitive challenges such as reaction time, concentration and visuo-motor coordination
Here it is necessary to activate the pads before the time is up. If you activate the pad in time, it will respond with a blinking white light. The lights will be either blue or red, making it possible to make rules for advanced exercises. For example, you can let the user activate the red light with his/her left foot/hand and the blue light with his/ her right foot/hand. Use the reaction function for high speed activities, for example, or reaction exercises, eye/hand coordination or ”neglect”. In addition to adjusting speed with the + and – buttons, variation in level of difficulty in exercises can be easily attained by adjusting number of pads used and the distances between them.
The balance mode is used to exercise postural control, balance, plantar/dorsiflexion etc. The exercises may be adjusted according to the user’s skills. They could, for example, be used to exercise 1-leg stand or using two pads simultaneously by one foot on each. If the pads are placed with appropriate distance from each other as a track, the balance function can be used as a simple “gait analysis” to visualize how the force is distributed on the feet through the gait cycle.
Need inspiration? Watch our exercise videos for training ideas.
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