A Tool for Balance Control Training Using Muscle Synergies and Multimodal Interfaces

Diego Galeano Galeano, Fernando Brunetti, Diego Torricelli, Stefano Piazza, Jose Luis Pons

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Balance control plays a key role in neuromotor rehabilitation after stroke or spinal cord injuries. Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) is a classic technological tool to assess the status of balance control and to identify potential disorders. Despite the more accurate diagnosis generated by these tools, the current strategies to promote rehabilitation are still limited and do not take full advantage of the technologies available. This paper presents a novel balance training platform which combines a CDP device made from low-cost interfaces, such as the Nintendo Wii Balance Board and the Microsoft Kinect. In addition, it integrates a custom electrical stimulator that uses the concept of muscle synergies to promote natural interaction. The aim of the platform is to support the exploration of innovative multimodal therapies. Results include the technical validation of the platform using mediolateral and anteroposterior sways as basic balance training therapies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioMed research international
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2014

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