We believe that post-stroke motor recovery can be maximized with improved body sensation. To improve proprioception we developed the TheraBracelet which is a wrist band generating minute vibration. This was shown to instantaneously enhance touch sensation of the fingers as well as dexterous hand function. The device works by delivering individually calibrated vibrations, which cannot be felt (i.e. sub threshold), throughout a patient’s wrist to improve functional abilities so that individuals are able to go about their daily routines and regain their independence.
As individuals age, more pressure is required to feel touch. Many people mistake decreased sensation and the loss of fine motor skills as clumsiness; but in reality, their sensitivity thresholds for touch have increased. TheraBracelet amplifies the body’s ability to feel touch, much like a hearing aid amplifies sound and glasses enhance vision.
TheraBracelet magnifies low pressure signals above the patient’s minimum touch threshold by applying “white noise”, unfelt sub-threshold vibrations, directly to the patient’s skin. By amplifying these low pressure signals, TheraBracelet simultaneously improves patient reaction times, and enhances general motor skills.
The neural mechanism behind the efficacy of TheraBracelet is under investigation. EEG, fMRI, and TMS techniques are used to test our hypothesized neural mechanism of ‘remote stochastic resonance’ in the central nervous system.
A start-up company, TheraBracelet LLC, is working towards a market launch in 2016.
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