Intuitive, simple, effective
Many stroke survivors suffer from a hemiparesis and are not able to open the impaired hand and to perform everyday tasks like grasping an object. Functional electrical stimulation with the MOTIONSTIM 8 makes it possible to open the weak hand by simply opening the strong one. A bend switch detects the movement of the strong hand, this information is used to control the stimulation patterns in order to perform movements with the impaired hand. This control method is very natural and easy to perform, especially in home environment.
Additionally, this technique gives a lot of control to the patient. Stimulation timing and duration can be controlled conveniently by the movements of the strong hand. The patient only has to try to open both hands at the same time. This will lead to a stimulation supporting or enabling movements of the weak hand which can be used for functional tasks like grasping and moving an object. As soon as the patient starts to relax the bend switch will detect the closing strong hand and pause the stimulation. All this happens intuitively with very little latency.