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Small Biz Award Funds Home Elder Muscle Device

Apr 21, 2021   |   Science & Enterprise

"A start-up company spun-off from Dartmouth College received a grant to develop a device for older people to measure their muscle mass exercises at home," reports Science & Enterprise. "SynchroHealth LLC is receiving $224,700 award from National Institute on Aging, part of National Institutes of Health, to build and test the feasibility of its BandPass system that allows physical therapists to remotely monitor their clients’ home exercise progress."

"SynchroHealth, a one year-old company in Lyme, New Hampshire, created the BandPass to help older adults better deal with sarcopenia, the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength. Sarcopenia can be treated with regular resistance exercises that help older individuals maintain their muscle mass. These exercises are taught and led by physical therapists in rehabilitation clinics, but must be continued at home by their clients to continue progress. The company points out, however, that compliance is low among many clients, and self-reporting exercise diaries are often inaccurate and can reflect recall bias.

"The company, founded by Dartmouth engineering professor Ryan Halter, with Dartmouth students and colleagues at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, designed the BandPass to allow physical therapists to better monitor and manage their clients’ progress against sarcopenia. 'There’s a huge disparity in what clinicians and physical therapists think goes on in at-home rehabilitation programs and what actually happens,' says Halter in a Dartmouth statement. 'This disconnect often results in changes to the provider’s future treatment plans and could ultimately lead to unnecessary interventions that increase costs and potential risks to the patient.'"

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