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SaeboFlex / SaeboReach

Grasp and Release. Purposeful and meaningful activities.

The SaeboFlex and SaeboReach allows individuals suffering from neurological impairments, such as stroke, the ability to incorporate their arm and hand functionally in therapy and at home. These unique orthoses position the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for object manipulation. The user is able to grasp objects by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. Once the fingers relax (stop gripping), the extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object.

Key Ingredients

Digit Caps

Prevents flexion at the fingertips so proper grasp can occur. Multiple sizes available to offer an intimate fit.

Finger Lead Mounts

Positions and aligns the fingers. 

Numerous sizes available to

accommodate various finger lengths.

Extensions Springs

Extends the fingers following

grasping. Various grades of extension assistance provided to harness all levels of spasticity. 

Provides multi-directional adjustments to accommodate all positioning

needs.

Thumb System

SaeboFlex or SaeboReach?

Clients with limited elbow movement (i.e, unable to reach or extend the elbow), along with impaired hand function may require the SaeboReach.

Saebo Orthoses Treatment Kit. Treat multiple clients early and often.

To accommodate various-sized facilities, Saebo has created 2 treatment kits to choose from, Saebo 5 (small) and Saebo 10 (medium/ large). Although they vary in size, both include the SaeboFlex, SaeboReach, SaeboStretch and Saebo Arm Training Equipment.

Program Benefits:

Return on Investment:

  • Perform functional grasp and release activities. 
  • Maximise ADL performance with improved upper extremity function. 
  • Initiate treatment earlier. 
  • Improve documentation. 
  • Treat multiple patients at once. 
  • Maximise therapy options.
  • Increase patient referrals. 
  • Stand apart from competing facilities. 
  • Leverage media interest. 
  • Improve job satisfaction, retention and therapist recruitment.

Saebo Research. Can you improve?

Task-specific training improves upper extremity function in individuals suffering from neurological injuries. However, treatment options are limited for neurological clients who cannot effectively incorporate their hand for functional grasp and release/prehension activities.


The vast majority of stroke survivors, head injury and incomplete spinal cord Injury patients do not exhibit sufficient active wrist and/or finger extension to allow the hand to be functional. The SaeboFlex has the biomechanical advantage in allowing prehension grasp and release activities for individuals with moderate to severe hemiparesis.

Cortical Plasticity. Forge new pathways.

The SaeboFlex and SaeboReach are based on the latest advances in neurorehabilitation research documenting the brain's ability to "re-program" itself through mass practice, task-oriented arm training.

What is Spasticity?

Spasticity is a neuromuscular condition usually caused by damage to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement. The damage causes a change in the balance of signals between the nervous system and the muscles. It is typically found in people with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.

Charley horse is an understatement

Spasticity is often described as tight, stiff muscles or spasms that may make movement, posture, and balance difficult It negatively affects muscles and joints of the extremities, and is particularly harmful to growing children. Individuals with mild spasticity may experience muscle tightness whereas severe spasticity may produce painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities; most commonly the legs and arms. This can interfere with functional recovery and curtail rehabilitation efforts.

Unintended consequences.

Loosening the grip.

Spasticity can be disabling and if left untreated, or sub-optimally managed, it may lead to adverse effects such as:

  • Contractures
  • Muscle and joint deformities
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Chronic constipation
  • Fever or other systemic illnesses
  • Pressure sores
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Pain
  • Decreased functional abilities and delayed motor development
  • Difficulty with care and hygiene
  • Abnormal posture
  • Bone and joint deformities

Common treatment interventions for spasticity vary from conservative (therapy) to more aggressive (surgery). Typically, a variety of treatment options are used simultaneously to maximise results. Current spasticity treatment options may include the following: 

  • Oral medications
  • Injectable medications
  • Stretching
  • Orthoses
  • Casting
  • Electrotherapeutics
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery 

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Learn More About Saebo's Functional Dynamic Orthoses

The SaeboFlex is a high profile, out-rigger style splint made from durable rigid parts used to support and assist individuals with increased tone.

SaeboFlex, SaeboReach or SaeboGlove. Which one is right for me?

The SaeboReach not only incorporates the affected wrist and hand but also the elbow. The orthosis consists of the SaeboFlex and an above-elbow component.

The SaeboGlove is a low profile splint made from soft fabric and semi-rigid parts used for patients that exhibit mild tone or less.