Occupational therapists at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy recently began to offer a new \u2014 and pleasant-sounding \u2014 form of hand therapy to their patients. It\u2019s called the Music Glove, and according to Danielle R. Karhut, MOT, OTR\/L, the device has already helped several patients improve their hand function.\n\u201cThe Music Glove has been really well received,\u201d she reports. \u201cPatients find it fun and are motivated to exercise.\u201d\nFor patients with reduced hand movement ability, traditional therapy often requires them to perform the same exercises hundreds of times a day. With the device, patients have an easy and engaging way to get the required repetitions logged.\n\u201cThere is a video screen and patients play along to the upbeat music like a game,\u201d Danielle explains. \u201cThere are sensors on each finger, which record the patients\u2019 movements.\u201d\nThe movements the Music Glove records include the key pinch grip, pincer grasp, thumb opposition, and finger individuation.\n\u201cThese are all essential movements we want patients to be able to do once discharged,\u201d Danielle says.\nThe Music Glove also has the ability to track progress over time.\n\u201cWe can work with the patient to set therapy goals,\u201d Danielle says. \u201cEach time they use the Music Glove, they can see their improvement from the last session. Some patients like to compete against themselves.\n\u201cThere are several songs and set ups to choose from,\u201d she continues. \u201cWe can test speed and dexterity, and change songs so patients don\u2019t get bored.\u201d\nSo far, Danielle has used the Music Glove to help patients with spinal cord injuries and neurological diseases. The device\u2019s manufacturer says it can also be used in cases of stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular injury, and developmental disability.\nAs part of the largest rehabilitation network in western Pennsylvania, the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute offers specialized care for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Our experts combine extensive clinical experience with advanced technology and research to offer our patients cutting-edge treatments to help them work towards their rehabilitation goals. Visit us online or call 1-877-AT-REHAB (28-73422).