REHAB 2014

Research Article

A Gait Rehabilitation pilot study using tactile cueing following Hemiparetic Stroke

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255357,
        author={Simon Holland and Rachel Wright and Alan Wing and Thomas Crevoisier and Oliver Hodl and Maxime Canelli},
        title={A Gait Rehabilitation pilot study using tactile cueing following Hemiparetic Stroke},
        proceedings={REHAB 2014},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={REHAB},
        year={2014},
        month={7},
        keywords={haptic bracelets stroke gait rehabilitation tactile metronome haptic metronome parkinson’s fall prevention walking hemiparetic},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255357}
    }
    
  • Simon Holland
    Rachel Wright
    Alan Wing
    Thomas Crevoisier
    Oliver Hodl
    Maxime Canelli
    Year: 2014
    A Gait Rehabilitation pilot study using tactile cueing following Hemiparetic Stroke
    REHAB
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255357
Simon Holland1,*, Rachel Wright2, Alan Wing2, Thomas Crevoisier1, Oliver Hodl1, Maxime Canelli1
  • 1: The Open University
  • 2: University of Birmingham
*Contact email: simon.holland@open.ac.uk

Abstract

Recovery of walking function is a major goal of post-stroke rehabilitation. Audio metronomic cueing has been shown to improve gait, but can be impractical and inconvenient to use in a community setting, for example outdoors where awareness of traffic is needed, as well as being unsuitable in environments with high background noise, or for those with a hearing impairment. Silent lightweight portable tactile cueing, if similarly successful, has the potential to take the benefits out of the lab and into everyday life. The Haptic Bracelets, designed and built at the Open University originally for musical purposes, are self-contained lightweight wireless devices containing a computer, Wi-Fi chip, accelerometers and low-latency vibrotactiles with a wide dynamic range. In this paper we outline gait rehabilitation problems and existing solutions, and present an early pilot in which the Haptic Bracelets were applied to post-stroke gait rehabilitation.