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A pilot study using tactile cueing for gait rehabilitation following stroke

Holland, Simon; Wright, Rachel L.; Wing, Alan; Crevoisier, Thomas; Hödl, Oliver and Canelli, Maxime (2015). A pilot study using tactile cueing for gait rehabilitation following stroke. In: Fardoun, Habib M.; Penichet, Victor M. R. and Alghazzawi, Daniyal M. eds. ICTs for Improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) (515). Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 222–233.

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Recovery of walking function is a vital goal of post-stroke rehabilitation. Cueing using audio metronomes has been shown to improve gait, but can be impractical when interacting with others, particularly outdoors where awareness of vehicles and bicycles is essential. Audio is also unsuitable in environments with high background noise, or for those with a hearing impairment. If successful, lightweight portable tactile cueing has the potential to take the benefits of cueing out of the laboratory and into everyday life. The Haptic Bracelets are lightweight wireless devices containing a computer, accelerometers and low-latency vibrotactiles with a wide dynamic range. In this paper we review gait rehabilitation problems and existing solutions, and present an early pilot in which the Haptic Bracelets were applied to post-stroke gait rehabilitation. Tactile cueing during walking was well received in the pilot, and analysis of motion capture data showed immediate improvements in gait.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3-662-48644-X, 978-3-662-48644-3
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Not SetNot SetUniversity of Birmingham
Extra Information: Second International Workshop, REHAB 2014, Oldenburg, Germany, May 20-23, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
Keywords: haptic bracelets; stroke; gait rehabilitation; tactile metronome; haptic metronome; Parkinson’s disease; fall prevention; walking; hemiparesis.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 43251
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 14:44
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:56
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