Journal article

Let’s Improvise! iPad-based music therapy with functional electrical stimulation for upper limb stroke rehabilitation

Tanya Silveira, J Tamplin, Simone Dorsch, Anna Barlow

Australian Journal of Music Therapy | Australian Music Therapy Association | Published : 2018


This retrospective clinical case report will examine the implementation of a novel intervention combining a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) protocol with an iPad application. A 74-year-old female retired pianist and Professor of Music was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital following a left pontine stroke. On assessment, she was unable to use her right upper limb functionally. Conventional occupational therapy commenced soon after admission and consisted of functional retraining, including FES to the wrist and finger extensors. At week 4, the Registered Music Therapist (RMT) and Occupational Therapist (OT) collaborated to commence a trial of forearm FES in combination with an iPad-..

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