Electrical stimulation device helps arm mobility in stroke victims

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Intento, the start up created by Swiss research institutions EPFL and NCCR Robotics, has created a patient-controlled electrical stimulation device to help stroke victims regain mobility in affected arms. A common stroke-rehabilitation method uses functional electrical stimulation, where a therapist places electrodes on the patient’s skin and delivers an electric shock that makes the patient’s muscles move. Studies have shown this therapy works best when patients are involved in moving their own limbs. Intento’s creation consists of electrode patches, a device the patients control using their working hand, and a tablet software. After selecting one of the tablet programs, it…

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