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Neuro innovation hopes to increase stroke recoveries

A new stroke rehab device has been developed by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which could improve patients chances of recovery.

The system that the NTU team has developed has been called the Synergistic Physio-Neuro Platform (SynPhNe), and comprises a headset and glove with neural sensors, and patented software. Together, they monitor and report on stress and relaxation levels, as well as muscle control by the patient.

According to the lead on the team, senior research fellow Dr John Heng, it could ease the frustrations and pain many patients experience.

Working alongside other neurological physio techniques and treatments, it could prove an invaluable piece of kit.

Heng said:

“While current rehabilitation systems do benefit many patients, there are also other patients who still have difficulties performing everyday activities like holding a fork or drinking from a cup.”

Going on to explain how the system works, he continued:

“SynPhNe works by giving real-time feedback to the patients on what is happening in their mind and in their muscles. Patients using SynPhNe know where their problems lie and can slowly work towards overcoming each problem.”

The live information fed back by the system, allows each patient to take ownership of his or her rehabilitation, with the help and guidance of specialist physios trained to use the device.

Presently, the system has only been tested on 10 patients though, with each trial consisting of twelve 90-minute sessions. While improvements of up to 70% have been seen, further patient trials will be needed before the system goes to prototype stage.

MS report urges greater access to neuro physio

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