Hand Stimulator

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) exercise therapy (ET) is well established in the scientific community (Teasell et al, 2007) yet it is not accessible to the majority of the stroke population or those that could greatly benefit from it. In Canada alone millions of dollars has been spent in the last 20 years on proving its efficacy and trying to find cost effective means of administering this treatment. Yet to date there is little in terms of viable commercial products that allow for this type of treatment to be administered. We have become more proficient over the last couple decades at saving lives following cerebrovascular accidents and spinal cord injury and as a result there is an increasing number of survivors with severe disabilities. Every week over 1,000 Canadians have a cardiovascular accident (CVA, stroke) of whom 75% survive and require rehabilitation (Heart&Stroke_Foundation 2010). Today's larger population of stroke survivors living with the aftermath of a stroke increases the demand for more cost effective and improved upper-extremity treatments

Jan Kowalczewski
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Arthur Prochazka
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