Active Smart Wearable Orthosis for Enhanched Rehabilitation THErapy "ARTHE"

Not yet recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

1. Healthy subjects:
Inclusion criteria:
- Persons between 18 and 85 years old that can perform all sorts of daily activities with their upper limbs
- Ability to sit on a chair with adequate trunk stability
- Ability to follow verbal instructions
- Ability to communicate verbally with the researchers
Exclusion criteria:
- Ever had a fracture in the upper limbs
- Ever had a surgery in the upper limbs
- Pain in the upper limbs obstructing the execution of daily activities with the upper limbs
- Physical trauma in the two months preceding the research
- Mental problems that make the execution of daily activities unreliable
- (Chronic) subluxation of the shoulder joint
- Secundary soft tissue problems which may complicate the research or make it impossible (e.g. shoulder impingement, musculoskeletal problems, sensory deficits)
- Pregnancy
- Pacemaker
- Known allergies for one of the components of the ARTHE rehabilitation tool
2. Stroke patients:
Inclusion criteria:
- Stroke patients, more than three months after onset
- Aged between 18 and 85 years
- None to moderate spasticity in the hemiplegic arm (Modified Ashworth Scale: 0-2)
- Detectable voluntary muscle activity at elbow flexion and elbow extension of the hemiplegic arm (Medical research council score: 1-5)
- Ability to sit on a chair with adequate trunk stability
- Ability to follow verbal instructions
- Ability to communicate verbally with the researchers
Exclusion criteria:
- Stroke patients, less than three months after onset
- Massive spastic patterns
- Severe medical conditions that interfere with the proper execution of the research, patients who are medically unstable
- Cognitive disorders which may complicate the research or make it impossible
- Speaking disorders (aphasia, dysarthria) which may complicate the proper execution of the research and the communication of important verbal information
- Visual disorders which may complicate the research or make it impossible
- (Chronic) subluxation of the shoulder joint
- Shoulder-hand-syndrom
- Pusher syndrom
- Secundary soft tissue problems which may complicate the research or make it impossible (e.g. shoulder impingement, musculoskeletal problems, sensory deficits)
- Pregnancy
- Pacemaker
- Known allergies for one of the components of the ARTHE rehabilitation tool