Glove to improve mobility after stroke?

Posted on 27 April 2011

A high-tech glove could soon be used to aid recovery from stroke in patients who may have long term care plans, according to developers.

Scientists at McGill University used cheaper and more accurate sensors to develop the gloves, which could reduce the length of time patients would have to spend in hospital.

The technology involves software which allows patients to play video games to exercise at home, and send progress reports to their physicians. This treatment is designed to help them regain movement.

Although similar products are available, the new glove, designed in collaboration with Jintronix, is much more cost-efficient to produce.

Many studies have shown the positive effect video gaming has on regaining mobility, with a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association showing that people using games consoles were five times more likely to improve in arm motor function.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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