Essential tremor is popularly known as benign essential tremor. It is a disorder of the brain that causes the body to shake uncontrollably. This involuntary shaking motion is known as a tremor. The forearms and hands are commonly affected, and it might spread to your face, tongue, neck, torso, and in some rare cases, the feet and the legs.
Dr. Joon Faii Ong is the Founder and CEO of GyroGear, a company that has invented the popular Gyro Glove for patients suffering from essential tremors. He was born in 1990 in Singapore and has completed his first-class honors from the Imperial College, London, in the MBBS BSc (Medicine) program. He is an aspiring craniofacial and reconstructive surgeon. He has taken his time out from his medical training to deliver care to about 200 million people across the globe suffering from hand tremors. These patients have inspired him to invent the unique GyroGlove that is an assisted glove created for the reduction of hand tremors.
This unique wearable device combines both the durability and the elegance of being small and lightweight. It has been designed to withstand daily challenges to help you to use your hands once again. It has been created with gyroscopes’ help to counteract tremors in hand and make daily tasks simple.
Lack of available therapies for hand tremors
Today he has recognized the serious debilitation and the scarcity of available therapies available to patients with hand tremors. He says that the tremors that are related to essential tremor are rapid and small. Patients often experience these tremors continuously, occasionally, or frequently. Both the sides of the body may or may not be affected equally.
He adds that most patients experience the above tremors when they are not doing anything. They are known as tremors at rest, while the rest experience tremors when they are doing an activity like trying to eat something or tying their shoelace. When it comes to the inspiration behind Gyro Glove’s invention, he says that a 103-year-old patient inspired him with Parkinson’s disease.
Symptoms of essential tremors
He says that these tremors often range from severe to minor. Some might be so minor that they generally affect your daily tasks, and some can be serious to interfere with everyday activities.
Given below are the common symptoms of essential tremor
- The hands or the arms shake when you do activities.
- Head and neck tremors make the head shake from side to side or in an up and down motion.
- Some parts of the patient’s face twitch, for instance, the eyelids
- Tremors in the voice box or tongue make the voice shaky when you speak
- There can be tremors in the legs, core, and feet that affect your gait and cause problems with your balance when the person walks.
Dr.Joon Faii Ong is an ex- NHS doctor who has teamed up with expert clinicians and engineers to make Gyro Glove ease millions of patients’ lives. He is widely respected for this unique invention and hopes to improve people’s quality of life who have essential tremors in the future.