Authors: Yee Mon Aung; Adel Al-Jumaily
Addresses: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW, 2007, Australia ' School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW, 2007, Australia
Abstract: This paper presents the development of rehabilitation with biofeedback (RehaBio) system for upper-limb rehabilitation that can be used to restore the upper-limb lost functions of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI) or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which generally result in paralysis on one side of the body. The system aims to close the gap in the requirements of one-to-one attention between physiotherapist and patient, to replace boring traditional upper-limb rehabilitation exercises and to reduce high healthcare cost. RehaBio is made up of three major modules: database module, rehabilitation exercise module and biofeedback simulation module. Database module provides the information of the patients and their rehabilitation progress while rehabilitation exercise module provides with effective and motivated exercises based on augmented reality approach. Biofeedback simulation module in RehaBio serves two purposes: from physiotherapist point of view, it provides the tracking of biofeedback information of patient's muscle performance and activities. From the patient's point of view, it serves as a visual reflection of current activated muscles that create as an additional motivation during training process. The effectiveness of the RehaBio system was evaluated by performing the experiments and provided with promising results.
Keywords: shoulder rehabilitation; augmented reality; biofeedback simulation; mechatronics; upper-limb rehabilitation; traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury; cerebrovascular accidents; paralysis; rehabilitation exercises; physiotherapy; motivation; muscle performance; muscle activities.
International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, 2014 Vol.4 No.1, pp.52 - 62
Accepted: 12 Nov 2013
Published online: 07 Mar 2014 *