A gait rehabilitation pilot study using tactile cueing following hemiparetic stroke

Simon Holland, Rachel L. Wright, Alan Wing, Thomas Crevoisier, Oliver Hödl, Maxime Canelli

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Recovery of walking function is a major goal of post-stroke rehabilitation. Audio metronomic cueing has been shown to improve gait, but can be impractical and inconvenient to use in a community setting, for example outdoors where awareness of traffic is needed, as well as being unsuitable in environments with high background noise, or for those with a hearing impairment. Silent lightweight portable tactile cueing, if similarly successful, has the potential to take the benefits out of the lab and into everyday life. The Haptic Bracelets, designed and built at the Open University originally for musical purposes, are self- contained lightweight wireless devices containing a computer, Wi-Fi chip, accelerometers and low-latency vibrotactiles with a wide dynamic range. In this paper we outline gait rehabilitation problems and existing solutions, and present an early pilot in which the Haptic Bracelets were applied to post-stroke gait rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on REHAB 2014 - Oldenburg, Germany
Duration: 20 May 201423 May 2014


WorkshopWorkshop on REHAB 2014

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Copyright © 2014 ICST.


  • Fall prevention
  • Gait rehabilitation
  • Haptic bracelets
  • Haptic metronome
  • Hemiparetic
  • Parkinson's
  • Stroke
  • Tactile metronome
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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