Helius Unveils PoNS Therapy for Enhancing Gait in MS Patients at 2023 ANPT Conference

Helius Medical Technologies

NEWTOWN, PA — Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSDT) announced that it will exhibit at the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2023 Annual Conference, September 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, marking its first appearance at the conference.

The Company’s focus at booth 7 will be its innovative Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS®), an orally applied therapy delivered by translingual neurostimulation to improve gait deficit in people with multiple sclerosis (“MS”). On site to discuss PoNS, the science of neuromodulation and how PoNS leverages electrical stimulation with physical rehabilitation to improve the ability of those living with MS to walk will be Helius’ Director of Physical Therapy, Whitney Patrickson, DPT, and Director of Sales Development, Janet Holland.

Helius’ debut at the conference is timely, coming just after National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (Sept. 18-24) and on the eve of National Physical Therapy Month (October). An individualized physical therapy regimen performed with the PoNS device, mostly in clinic for the first two weeks then at home for twelve additional weeks, is the hallmark of PoNS Therapy™.

“The calendar is spotlighting rehabilitation and physical therapy right now, and we’re enthused to keep the conversation going with ANPT conference attendees,” said Helius’ Chief Medical Officer, Antonella Favit-Van Pelt, M.D., Ph.D. “Among the specialists who treat multiple sclerosis, the neurologic physical therapists understand the challenges in addressing gait deficit in people with MS better than anyone. We strive to have all who visit us at the booth walk away from the conference with a thorough knowledge of PoNS technology and therapy, as well as an appreciation of the impact they have in the lives of people with MS by offering a new therapeutic option to their patients.”

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PoNS Therapy promotes neuromodulation of specific areas in the brainstem and cerebral cortex of people with MS. It works by delivering mild electrical impulses to branches of the trigeminal and facial nerves in the tongue while users perform a set of gait and balance rehabilitation exercises as instructed by a physical therapist. When used regularly and consistently over the 14-week treatment period, PoNS triggers neuroplastic mechanisms that can lead to significant improvement in gait function.

“Neurologic physical therapists are a highly specialized subset within the physical therapy community, and they have an outsized impact when it comes to adopting new technologies and approaches that can help people with MS,” Favit-Van Pelt said. “The opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with these experts in a focused conference environment allows us to expand on the importance of PoNS accessibility in promoting neuroplasticity and enhance MS patients’ likelihood to walk better.”

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