Analysis of the movements generated by a multi‐field functional electrical stimulation device for upper extremity rehabilitation
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Author/sMartín‐Odriozola, Aitor; Rodríguez‐de‐Pablo, Cristina; Caceres‐Salegi, Ane; García‐Calleja, Andrea; Marín‐Ojea, Juan Ignacio; [et al.]
Functional electrical stimulation
Background: The most common chronic sequela after stroke is the loss of arm function, and functional electrical stimulation (FES) applied to the forearm muscles is one of the options to treat it. Surface multi-field electrodes have emerged, showing a great potential to improve the selectivity of the stimulation, delay muscle fatigue, and provide easier donning and doffing. The muscular selectivity takes on special relevance in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity as hand dexterity requires a wide diversity of specific muscle actions. Methods: This pilot study analyses the movements generated in the wrist and fingers using a commercial multi-field technology-based FES device (Fesia Grasp). The study included five patients with hemiplegic subacute stroke, in which scanning of all cathodes of the electrode was carried out daily for 5 days, in two different forearm positions, with the resulting movements being labeled by experienced therapists. Results: The aim of this pilot study was ...