Healthcare Asia Daily | April 15, 2013.
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have come up with a new device which they say can improve recovery in stroke patients.
The gadget, named Synergistic Physio-Neuro Platform (SynPhNe), consists of computer software connected to a headset with sensors and adjustable cuffs.
It works by detecting a patient’s muscle movements and allows stroke patients to monitor their progress on a computer screen. Graphics tell the user which sets of muscles are being contracted or relaxed. They also provide feedback on the emotional state of the user – such as whether he or she is feeling tense.
Dr John Heng, a senior research fellow at NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: “Patients came to us feeling depressed and demoralised because their therapists told them they were not recovering much. But after the device picked up their muscle signals, their faces lit up with hope again.”