Ambulatory sensor solution for stroke recovery
Better & faster stroke recovery at home with improved motor performance of paretic limbs
Most of the patients having suffered a stroke undergo a period of intense training in a rehabilitation clinic before they can return home. During therapy, they learn how to use paretic limbs in an optimal way enabling them to live independently with maximum freedom of movement. But when they come home, many patients stop moving the affected limbs the way they were trained to, causing a deterioration in their overall motor performance. This project is aimed at improving the long term results of therapy by detecting and preventing maladaptive strategies and non-use of paretic limbs in daily life by an unobtrusive wearable stroke therapy sensing and feedback system for patients to use at home.
Small, unobtrusive sensing system
The researchers develop a small and unobtrusive sensing and feedback system patients can wear at home. This system should be able to measure for instance the amount and quality of movement of arms and legs, how much a patients walks, how often he or she is standing up straight, how much weight a patient puts on both of his legs, and if a patient is active or merely sitting in a chair all day. Furthermore, the system should also be able to provide useful feedback to increase and improve the use of the paretic limbs.