Dormer, C. and Ward, T. and McLoone, S.
Towards Enhanced Biofeedback Mechanisms for Upper Limb Rehabilitation in Stroke.
In: 6th European Symposium on Biomedical Engineering, 19th-21st June 2008, Crete, Greece.
This paper highlights a progressive
rehabilitation strategy which details the development
of a suite of biomedical feedback sensors to promote
enhanced rehabilitation after stroke. The strategy
involves promoting total upper limb recovery by
focusing on aspects of each stage of post-stroke
rehabilitation. For a patient with a complete absence
of movement in the affected upper limb, brain
signals will be acquired using
IRS) combined with motor imagery
to move a robotic splint. Once residual movement
has returned, EMG signals from the muscles will be
detected and used to power a robotic splint. For later
stages and continuous enhanced rehabilitation of the
upper limb, a Sensor Glove will be used for intense
rehabilitation exercises of the hand. These combined
techniques cover all levels of ability for total upper
limb rehabilitation and will be used to provide
positive feedback and motivation for patients.
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