After a stroke, many people experience difficulties to selectively activate muscles. As a result many patients move the affected arm in stereotypical patterns. Shoulder abduction is often accompanied by elbow flexion, reducing the ability to extend the elbow. This involuntary coupling reduces the patient's active range of motion. Gravity compensation reduces the activation level of shoulder abductors which limits the amount of coupled elbow flexion. As a result, stroke patients can instantaneously increase their active range of motion . The objective of the present study is to examine whether training in a gravity compensated environment can also lead to an increased range of motion in an unsupported environment. Parts of this work have been presented at EMBC2009, Minneapolis, USA.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Nov 2009|
|Event||4th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS Benelux) 2009 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands|
Duration: 9 Nov 2009 → 10 Nov 2009
Conference number: 4
|Conference||4th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS Benelux) 2009|
|Period||9/11/09 → 10/11/09|
- BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
- gravity compensation
- circle area
- Stroke patients
Krabben, T., Prange, G. B., de Boer, J., Hermens, H. J., van der Kooij, H., & Jannink, M. J. A. (2009). Changes in circle area after gravity compensation training in chronic stroke patients. 67-67. Paper presented at 4th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS Benelux) 2009, Enschede, Netherlands.