Conference Proceedings

Increased range of motion and decreased muscle activity during maximal reach with gravity compensation in stroke patients

GB Prange, AHA Stienen, MJA Jannink, H van der Kooij, MJ IJzerman, HJ Hermens

2007 IEEE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REHABILITATION ROBOTICS, VOLS 1 AND 2 | IEEE | Published : 2007

Abstract

To stimulate restoration of arm function after stroke, active movement is important, which can be facilitated by supporting the weight of the hemiparetic arm, either in conventional treatment or in other approaches such as robotaided therapy. During arm support, the active range of motion during reach can increase with respect to unsupported movements. The present objective was to investigate the influence of gravity compensation on muscle activity and range of motion during maximal reach. Six stroke patients performed maximal reaching movements, once with and once without gravity compensation. When comparing these two conditions, muscle activity decreased while range of motion increased wit..

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Grants

Awarded by SenterNovem, the Netherlands


Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported by SenterNovem, the Netherlands, grant TSGE2050.