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TitleSynthesis of a mechanism for human gait rehabilitation: An introductory approach
Author(s)Alves, Pedro
Cruz, Francisco Manuel
Silva, Luís F.
Flores, Paulo
KeywordsGait rehabilitation
Mechanism design
Four bar linkage
Issue date2015
JournalMechanisms and Machine Science
Abstract(s)The traditional concept of physical rehabilitation focused on maximizing the remaining body functions in a way that patients used them in a compensatory fashion. Recently, it has been observed that the repetition of task oriented motions proved to improve muscular strength and movement coordination in patients with neurologic or orthopedic impairments. Traditional physiotherapy is laborious and expensive, and may present undesired variability in the movement cycles between sessions. The use of robotic and mechanical devices allows for greater repeatability in movements. It also decreases the number of required therapists as the degree of exhaustion allowing to increase the sessions time and number. This paper intends to present the methodology to build a gait rehabilitation device of low cost, complexity and high adaptability, based on a four bar linkage.
TypeConference paper
DescriptionPublicado em: "New trends in mechanism and machine science: from fundamentals to industrial applications. ISBN 978-3-319-09410-6. Series: Mechanisms and machine science, vol. 24, ISSN 2211-0984"
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