Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Interactive visuo-motor therapy system for stroke rehabilitation


Eng, K; Siekierka, E; Pyk, P; Chevrier, E; Hauser, Y; Holper, L; Cameirao, M; Hägni, K; Zimmerli, L; Duff, A; Schuster, C; Bassetti, C; Verschure, P; Kiper, D (2007). Interactive visuo-motor therapy system for stroke rehabilitation. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 45(9):901-907.

Abstract

We present a virtual reality (VR)-based motor neurorehabilitation system for stroke patients with upper limb paresis. It is based on two hypotheses: (1) observed actions correlated with self-generated or intended actions engage cortical motor observation, planning and execution areas (mirror neurons); (2) activation in damaged parts of motor cortex can be enhanced by viewing mirrored movements of non-paretic limbs. We postulate that our approach, applied during the acute post-stroke phase, facilitates motor re-learning and improves functional recovery. The patient controls a first-person view of virtual arms in tasks varying from simple (hitting objects) to complex (grasping and moving objects). The therapist adjusts weighting factors in the non-paretic limb to move the paretic virtual limb, thereby stimulating the mirror neuron system and optimizing patient motivation through graded task success. We present the system's neuroscientific background, technical details and preliminary results.

Abstract

We present a virtual reality (VR)-based motor neurorehabilitation system for stroke patients with upper limb paresis. It is based on two hypotheses: (1) observed actions correlated with self-generated or intended actions engage cortical motor observation, planning and execution areas (mirror neurons); (2) activation in damaged parts of motor cortex can be enhanced by viewing mirrored movements of non-paretic limbs. We postulate that our approach, applied during the acute post-stroke phase, facilitates motor re-learning and improves functional recovery. The patient controls a first-person view of virtual arms in tasks varying from simple (hitting objects) to complex (grasping and moving objects). The therapist adjusts weighting factors in the non-paretic limb to move the paretic virtual limb, thereby stimulating the mirror neuron system and optimizing patient motivation through graded task success. We present the system's neuroscientific background, technical details and preliminary results.

Statistics

Citations

49 citations in Web of Science®
59 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

40 downloads since deposited on 19 Mar 2014
12 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:19 Mar 2014 14:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:41
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0140-0118
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11517-007-0239-1
PubMed ID:17687578

Download

Download PDF  'Interactive visuo-motor therapy system for stroke rehabilitation'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Filetype: PDF
Size: 290kB
View at publisher