Inclusion Criteria- Unilateral ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke diagnosed on CT scan or MRI. Persistent UL impairment 2-4 weeks after stroke onset indicated by a score on the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) of between 0 and 45 (maximum score 57), indicating a persistent motor weakness with the preserved ability to make some movement with the affected arm.
- Medically stable and able to participate in usual rehabilitation activities.
Exclusion Criteria- Severe aphasia or cognitive impairment that limits participation and ability to provide informed consent.
- Previous stroke resulting in residual disability.
- Premorbid arm impairment.
- Hemiplegic shoulder pain.
- Sensitivity to lycra.
- Any other upper limb orthoses already prescribed and in use.
- Unable to provide informed consent.