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Development of a portable gait rehabilitation system for home-visit rehabilitation.

Yano H, Tanaka N, Kamibayashi K, Saitou H, Iwata H - ScientificWorldJournal (2015)

Bottom Line: When the user stands on the footpads, the system can move his or her feet while the body remains stationary.Therefore, we developed a graded-walking program for the system used in this study.An evaluation of the results of tests showed that the vastus medialis muscles of all the subjects were stimulated more than by walking on real slopes.

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Affiliation: University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba 305-8573, Japan.

ABSTRACT
This paper describes the development of a gait rehabilitation system with a locomotion interface (LI) for home-visit rehabilitation. For this purpose, the LI should be compact, small, and easy to move. The LI has two 2 degree-of-freedom (DOF) manipulators with footpads to move each foot along a trajectory. When the user stands on the footpads, the system can move his or her feet while the body remains stationary. The footpads can have various trajectories, which are prerecordings of the movements of healthy individuals walking on plane surfaces or slopes. The homes of stroke patients may have not only flat surfaces but also some slopes and staircases. The quadriceps femoris muscle is important for walking up and down slopes and staircases, and the eccentric and concentric contractions of this muscle are, in particular, difficult to train under normal circumstances. Therefore, we developed a graded-walking program for the system used in this study. Using this system, the user can undergo gait rehabilitation in their home, during visits by a physical therapist. An evaluation of the results of tests showed that the vastus medialis muscles of all the subjects were stimulated more than by walking on real slopes.

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Typical motion during slope climbing ((a) on the GMmini and (b) on a real slope).
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fig11: Typical motion during slope climbing ((a) on the GMmini and (b) on a real slope).

Mentions: Figures 11 and 12 show the typical motions used in ascending and descending slopes. The top of each figure shows the subject's motion on the GMmini, and the bottom of each figure shows the subject's motion on the real slope. To aid understanding of the motion, the positions of bones are highlighted in red.


Development of a portable gait rehabilitation system for home-visit rehabilitation.

Yano H, Tanaka N, Kamibayashi K, Saitou H, Iwata H - ScientificWorldJournal (2015)

Typical motion during slope climbing ((a) on the GMmini and (b) on a real slope).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig11: Typical motion during slope climbing ((a) on the GMmini and (b) on a real slope).
Mentions: Figures 11 and 12 show the typical motions used in ascending and descending slopes. The top of each figure shows the subject's motion on the GMmini, and the bottom of each figure shows the subject's motion on the real slope. To aid understanding of the motion, the positions of bones are highlighted in red.

Bottom Line: When the user stands on the footpads, the system can move his or her feet while the body remains stationary.Therefore, we developed a graded-walking program for the system used in this study.An evaluation of the results of tests showed that the vastus medialis muscles of all the subjects were stimulated more than by walking on real slopes.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba 305-8573, Japan.

ABSTRACT
This paper describes the development of a gait rehabilitation system with a locomotion interface (LI) for home-visit rehabilitation. For this purpose, the LI should be compact, small, and easy to move. The LI has two 2 degree-of-freedom (DOF) manipulators with footpads to move each foot along a trajectory. When the user stands on the footpads, the system can move his or her feet while the body remains stationary. The footpads can have various trajectories, which are prerecordings of the movements of healthy individuals walking on plane surfaces or slopes. The homes of stroke patients may have not only flat surfaces but also some slopes and staircases. The quadriceps femoris muscle is important for walking up and down slopes and staircases, and the eccentric and concentric contractions of this muscle are, in particular, difficult to train under normal circumstances. Therefore, we developed a graded-walking program for the system used in this study. Using this system, the user can undergo gait rehabilitation in their home, during visits by a physical therapist. An evaluation of the results of tests showed that the vastus medialis muscles of all the subjects were stimulated more than by walking on real slopes.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus