Hinton man with brain injury regains strength with therapy device
Nearly two years ago, Chad Plante could barely move a muscle. He suffered a traumatic brain injury after a Sioux City bus hit his car at Lewis Boulevard and Outer Drive.
Since then, Plante has gone through intense physical therapy and was recently introduced to some new technology. It's called FitMi.
"It's a really neat thing that interacts with your computer," said Plante, "that's something I could do at home."
FitMi is a home therapy device geared towards helping patients with brain injury by improving their mobility and strength.
Here's how it works.
"It just has a little receiver, you plug it into the USB," said Plante.
FitMi comes with "two wireless pucks" and "a therapy app", with a range of exercises for arms, hands, legs and the core of your body.
"This puck talks to this USB dongle and it registers movement so this one's a bicep curl so you have to lift your arm up and down," said Plante.
Plante can also customize his workouts, which helps optimize his recovery and improve his day-to-day tasks.
"I try to do it every morning," said Plante.
FitMi's creator says it has helped hundreds of people recover from brain, spinal and stroke injuries as well.
Its high repetition increases brain activity, and can even help rewire the brain and create new circuits.
Plante's wife Rosanne said, the device is also convenient and easy to use.
"We can use it anytime, all the time, he can do it when I'm busy in my home office working, he can set his own goals," she said.
"When you give up, that's where you're going to be. So I just refuse to give up and that's why I continue to make progress," said Plante.
Thanks to using FitMi, Plante said he's about 80% recovered and plans to keep using the device to become stronger.