Device May Offer Alternative for Stroke PatientsBy Terraso, David; Georgia Tech Research News,
Publication Date: 2005
Article discusses the Hand Mentor, which is a hand therapy device designed by Kinetic Muscles, Incorporated to allow people who have had a stroke to grasp and manipulate objects. The Hand Mentor can also be used to measure clients’ wrist extension, grip force, and muscular activity and resistance. The device was designed for a type of therapy called repetitive task practice, which prevents people who have difficulty controlling a certain part of their body after a stroke from learning to compensate by utilizing another limb. This is called learned non-use, and can prevent therapy clients from improving the usage of their affected limb. Repetitive task practice forces clients to use their affected limb, which can lead to a faster, more efficient rehabilitation process.
Published by: Georgia Institute of Technology (Website:http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/rnpo.html)
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