Stroke is the most common neurological diagnosis. Every year, 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide, and a third of them have impairments of motor function, speech or vision. 20% are younger than 60. Many stroke affected cannot use their arm in everyday life, and this hugely affects their quality of life. Imagine cooking a meal for the family with just one hand.
The complex functionality of our hands is a challenging aspect of the rehabilitation process. An interdisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists and nurses utilize various therapeutical approaches, including mirror therapy, biofeedback, observation and imagination of movement and „forced use therapy“, to help recover hand functionality The process of hand rehabilitation for stroke patients usually takes several months to years. That is why it is particularly important for the patient to stay motivated through a lot of therapy, even if the immediate improvements seem small, so that function is not lost entirely.
The success of the rehabilitation process depends on a high amount of effective therapy time. In rehabilitation centers, therapists cannot devote as much time as needed on the individual because of high personnel costs. This is why new ways of independent training are necessary to offer more therapy time at nearly the same costs.