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Gait rehabilitation by outdoor rhythmic haptic cueing using wearable technology for neurological conditions: a case study

Islam, Riasat; Holland, Simon; Georgiou, Theodoros; Price, Blaine and Mulholland, Paul (2018). Gait rehabilitation by outdoor rhythmic haptic cueing using wearable technology for neurological conditions: a case study. In: ACPIN International Neurophysiotherapy Conference, 19 - 20 March 2018, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

Background
For people with neurological conditions such as stroke and brain injury, gait rehabilitation can lead to a significantly more independent lifestyle. Existing gait rehabilitation studies with stroke survivors using rhythmic haptic cueing via wearable devices have demonstrated improvements in temporal symmetry, increase in stride length and walking speed. However, these studies have been limited to laboratory settings and focused on short-term improvements only. By contrast, we present results from the first longitudinal case study on the self-managed use of wearable haptic devices for gait rehabilitation via entrainment in outdoor settings.

Methods
A longitudinal pilot study was conducted with a brain injury survivor, providing rhythmic haptic cueing using a wearable haptic device for a two-week period. The participant was asked to walk in synchrony to the haptic rhythm at a suitable outdoor setting for a minimum of 10 minutes each day. Gait data was measured before and after the two-week intervention using lab-based IMU sensors.

Results
On comparing the before and after gait characteristics, preliminary results showed improvement in temporal symmetry, walking speed and stride length.

Conclusions
Implications for long-term benefits in gait rehabilitation using rhythmic haptic cueing for various neurological conditions are considered. Improvements in temporal symmetry, increase in stride length and walking speed could improve confidence, independence and overall quality of life for patients, with implications for reduction of costs associated with care and rehabilitation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Authors
Keywords: long-term; wearable; haptics; rythmic haptic cueing; biological entrainment; outdoor; in-the-wild; gait rehabilitation; stroke; neurological conditions; physiotherapy; brain injury; longitudinal; pilot study; health; wellbeing; quality of life; human computer interaction; assistive technology; long term care; hemiparetic gait; case study
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 53033
Depositing User: Riasat Islam
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 12:12
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 16:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53033
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