Effect of Rhythmic Upper-limb Training in Stroke Patients

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The purpose of this study is to determine whether rhythmic upper-limb movement training in post-stroke patients allows to improve only this particular type of movements or if it also improves some parameters of discrete movements. Based on our results we hope to be able to answer a fundamental question: are rhythmic and discrete movements two independent primitives?

Conditions

Interventions

  • Rhythmic rehabilitation Procedure
    Intervention Desc: Stroke patients have 12 rehabilitation sessions on a planar rehabilitation robot, Reaplan, focussed on rhythmic arm movements.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Stroke patients
    Description: Patients undergo a first evaluation, and a second evaluation one month later to determine their natural evolution. The following month, patients get 12 sessions of rhythmic therapy. A third evaluation is organized straight after this month and a fourth evaluation, 3 months after to assess the after-effects of the therapy.
  • Stroke patients Other
    Intervention Desc: Evaluation of the after effects of the rhythmic therapy, three months follow-up
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Stroke patients
    Description: Patients undergo a first evaluation, and a second evaluation one month later to determine their natural evolution. The following month, patients get 12 sessions of rhythmic therapy. A third evaluation is organized straight after this month and a fourth evaluation, 3 months after to assess the after-effects of the therapy.

Trial Design

  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Intervention: Crossover Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Change in movement smoothness in rhythmic straight movements after one month of rhythmic therapy 1 week to 1 day before therapy and 1 day to 1 week after therapy No
Primary Change in movement smoothness in discrete straight movements after one month of rhythmic therapy 1 week to 1 day before therapy and 1 day to 1 week after therapy No
Primary Change in accuracy of discrete straight movements after one month of rhythmic therapy 1 week to 1 day before therapy and 1 day to 1 week after therapy No
Primary Change in smoothness of rhythmic circular movement after rhythmic therapy 1 day to 1 week before therapy and 1day to 1 week after therapy No
Secondary Change of the general motricity of the patient due to one month rhythmic therapy 1 week to 1 day before therapy and 1 day to 1 week after therapy No
Secondary Therapy after effects 1 day to one week after therapy and 3 months after therapy No
Secondary Assessment of the natural evolution of the patient 4 to 5 weeks before therapy and 1 week to 1 day before therapy No

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