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Photo: Man with lower back pain; Copyright: PantherMedia/lightwavemedia

Study questions 'cross-transfer' benefits of special exercise technique

16.10.2019

A paper recently published by researchers from the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine questions the effectiveness of a patented exercise system for relieving lower back pain.
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Photo: Elderly people during a yoga session; Copyright: PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia ltd

Chair yoga more effective than music therapy in older adults with advanced dementia

11.10.2019

As dementia progresses, the ability to participate in exercise programs declines. Sticking to a program also becomes challenging because of impaired cognition, mobility issues or risk of falls and fractures – some exercise regimens are just too complicated or physically demanding.
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Photo: Data collection of walking speed; Copyright: Hannah Jarvis

Walking speed may predict return to work in young stroke survivors

30.09.2019

A simple walking speed test may help predict whether young adult stroke survivors are ready to return to work, according to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
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Photo: Man on a walking mat with sensors to analyze his gait patterns; Copyright: PantherMedia/dfuentesphotostock

For the first time walking patterns identify specific types of dementia

25.09.2019

Walking may be a key clinical tool in helping medics accurately identify the specific type of dementia a patient has, pioneering research has revealed. For the first time, scientists at Newcastle University have shown that people with Alzheimer's disease or Lewy body dementia have unique walking patterns that signal subtle differences between the two conditions.
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Photo: An old man blowing out the candles on his birthday cake; Copyright: PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia ltd

A healthy lifestyle prevents dementia

25.09.2019

A healthy lifestyle can significantly delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. The lifestyle that people follow between the ages of 40 and 60 already plays a major role in this.
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Photo: A Parkinson's patient using motivational games while exercising; Copyright: Nicolien van der Kolk

Exercising at home has a positive effect on Parkinson's patients

20.09.2019

Even though exercise is known to be healthy, many people find it difficult to maintain an exercise program for a longer time. This applies even more to people with a chronic illness such as Parkinson's disease, where physical and mental limitations are additional obstacles. The Park-in-Shape study, funded by ZonMW, tested an innovative solution for this challenge.
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Photo: A man tries out shared control with the robotic arm.; Copyright: 2019 EPFL / Alain Herzog

A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control

18.09.2019

EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands – in particular for amputees – that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested on three amputees and seven healthy subjects.
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Photo: Sensory insole by novapace lying in front of a tablet on a table; Copyright: novapace

Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25.07.2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Photo: In the ReMoCap lab a man attaches sensors to another man's leg; Copyright: Martin Lifka Photography

Rehabilitation: Gait analysis and training in Virtual Reality

01.03.2019

New technology provides new opportunities. What pertains to so many areas of life also applies to the field of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. REHACARE.com examined whether and how virtual reality, visual analytics, and machine learning can enhance and shape the healthcare sector in the future – especially when it comes to gait analysis.
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Photo: Speaker in the Forum

Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28.09.2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12.02.2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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