29 Apr Helping stroke survivors walk again
Research at the Open University, by Dr. Simon Holland and colleagues, initially to help drummers and other musicians develop multi-limb rhythm skills has been reviewed and re-purposed to help people recovering from strokes and other neurological problems such as Parkinson’s.
The Haptic Bracelets typically worn as a set of four on wrists and ankles generate carefully timed ‘rhythmic’ pulses to synchronise and improve limb coordination. A pilot trial in conjunction with the Sensory Motor Neuroscience Research Centre at Birmingham University at the Worcester Motor Capture facility proved to be extremely promising.
The next step will be a larger pilot with clinical significance to establish how the bracelets can best be used to help stroke survivors recover their mobility and freedom.
(extract from the OU Open Door magazine April 2015)
A fuller and more descriptive article on the Haptic Bracelets
And a youTube video briefing