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A Novel FES Strategy for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Based on the Natural Organization of Neuromuscular Control.

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Summary of "A Novel FES Strategy for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Based on the Natural Organization of Neuromuscular Control."

The past decades have witnessed remarkable progresses in neural technologies such as functional electrical stimulation (FES) and their applications in neuro-rehabilitation and neuromodulation. These advances are powered by new neuroscientific understandings of the organization and compositionality of neuromuscular control illuminating how muscle groups may be activated together as discrete units known as muscle synergies. These parallel developments have promoted novel approaches to clinical rehabilitation for neurological disorders that are insurmountable to current treatments. One such breakthrough is the evolution of FES as a therapeutic tool in post-stroke rehabilitation with an interventional strategy particularly inspired by the concept that muscles in humans may be purposefully coordinated through neuromotor modules known as muscle synergies. This article will review recent advances in multi-channel FES technology, its potential applications in post-stroke rehabilitation, new findings that support the neurological basis of the muscle synergies for generating natural motor tasks, and the application of the muscle-synergy concept in post-stroke assessment and rehabilitation of motor impairment. Finally, we will recommend future directions of development in relation to assistive FES and synergy-driven adaptive training for post-stroke rehabilitation.

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Name: IEEE reviews in biomedical engineering
ISSN: 1941-1189
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