Development of a novel gait rehabilitation system by integrating functional electrical stimulation and a split belt treadmill for hemiparetic patients after stroke

Jing Ye, Yasutaka Nakashima, Inko Elgezua, Bo Zhang, Yo Kobayashi, Masakatsu G. Fujie

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Abstract

Nowadays, an increasing number of people with stroke are suffering considerably from a loss of physical mobility. Various traditional interventions have been developed to restore survivors' normal motor function following a stroke, but their effects are considerably limited. Many of these techniques require physical therapist's observation, specifically designed preparatory exercises and direct control of the lower limbs' position. Therefore, we propose a novel automatic gait training system for gait rehabilitation of hemiparetic patients. It integrates a split belt treadmill with a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device, which is used to improve gait quality by delivering electrical stimuli to the muscles. The delivery of the stimulus from the FES device is triggered automatically during gait cycle. As subjects walk on the separated treadmill, the gait phases are estimated by an algorithm that observes variation in the current values of the treadmill motors. Finally, we have preliminarily tested the feasibility of the proposed method through experiments on simulated hemiparetic subjects, by comparing with experimental results using force plates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages701-706
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479931262
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep 30
Event5th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014 - Sao Paulo
Duration: 2014 Aug 122014 Aug 15

Other

Other5th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014
CitySao Paulo
Period14/8/1214/8/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Ye, J., Nakashima, Y., Elgezua, I., Zhang, B., Kobayashi, Y., & Fujie, M. G. (2014). Development of a novel gait rehabilitation system by integrating functional electrical stimulation and a split belt treadmill for hemiparetic patients after stroke. In Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (pp. 701-706). [6913860] IEEE Computer Society.