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Lookup NU author(s): Ed Hodkin,
Dr Supriyo Choudhury,
Emerita Professor Helen Rodgers,
Professor Andrew Jackson
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CCBY Neurorehabilitation aims to induce beneficial neural plasticity in order to restore function following injury to the nervous system. There is increasing evidence that appropriately timed functional electrical stimulation (FES) can promote associative plasticity, but the dosage is critical for lasting functional benefits. Here we present a novel approach to closed-loop control of muscle stimulation for the rehabilitation of reach-to-grasp movements following stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI). We developed a simple, low cost device to deliver assistive stimulation contingent on users’ self-initiated movements. The device allows repeated practice with minimal input by a therapist, and is potentially suitable for home use. Pilot data demonstrates usability by people with upper limb weakness following SCI and stroke, and participant feedback was positive. Moreover, repeated training with the device over 1-2 weeks led to functional benefits on a general object manipulation assessment. Thus automated FES delivered by this novel device may provide a promising and readily translatable therapy for upper limb rehabilitation for people with stroke and SCI.
Author(s): Hodkin EF, Lei Y, Humby J, Glover IS, Choudhury S, Kumar H, Perez MA, Rodgers H, Jackson A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Print publication date: 01/05/2018
Online publication date: 29/03/2018
Acceptance date: 01/03/2018
Date deposited: 16/04/2018
ISSN (print): 1534-4320
ISSN (electronic): 1558-0210
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
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