Dynamic balance training with sensory electrical stimulation in chronic stroke patients

Worms, G., Matjacic, Z., Gollee, H., Cikajlo, I., Goljar, N. and Hunt, K.J. (2006) Dynamic balance training with sensory electrical stimulation in chronic stroke patients. In: 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York, 31 August - 1st September 2006, pp. 2150-2153. (doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2006.260174)

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Abstract

A case study investigating the impact of sensory electrical stimulation during perturbed stance in one chronic stroke patient is presented. A special apparatus called the BalanceTrainer was used. It allows the application of perturbations to neurologically impaired people during standing, while protecting the subject from falling. The subject underwent two different periods of perturbation training, each lasting ten days. During the first period the subject was perturbed in eight different directions. During the second period the subject was also perturbed, but was assisted by sensory electrical stimulation of the soleus, tibialis anterior, tensor fascia latae, and vastus muscles in the impaired leg. After each period of training an assessment was carried out to measure the forces the subject applied on the ground via two force plates. The subject improved his ability to balance throughout the training, with the largest improvements during the final period when electrical stimulation was used.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunt, Prof Kenneth and Gollee, Dr Henrik
Authors: Worms, G., Matjacic, Z., Gollee, H., Cikajlo, I., Goljar, N., and Hunt, K.J.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Research Group:CRE
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN:1557-170X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
First Published:First published in Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 2006. EMBS '06. 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (2006):2150-2153
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
315671Integrated voluntary control of unsupported paraplegic standingKenneth HuntEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)GR/R79234/01School of Engineering