The body-machine interfaces (BMIs) map the subjects' movements into the low dimensional control space of external devices to reach assistive and/or rehabilitative goals. This work is a first proof of concept of this kind of BMI as tool for rehabilitation after stroke. We designed an exercise to improve the control of selective movements of the pelvis in stroke survivors, increasing the ability to decouple the motion in the sagittal and frontal planes and decreasing compensatory adjustments at the shoulder girdle. A Kinect sensor recorded the movements of the subjects. Subjects played different games by controlling the vertical and horizontal motion of a cursor on a screen with respectively the lateral tilt and the ante/retroversion of their pelvis. We monitored also the degrees of freedom not directly involved in cursor control, thus subjects could complete the task only with a correct posture. Our preliminary results highlight significant improvement not only in cursor control, but also in the Trunk Impairment Scale (TIS) and in the Five Times Sit to Stand Test (5xSST).
|Titolo:||A body-machine interface for training selective pelvis movements in stroke survivors: A pilot study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||04.01 - Contributo in atti di convegno|