Controllable mechanical tremor reduction. Assessment of two orthoses

Juan Ma Belda-Lois*, A. I. Martinez-Reyero, A. Castillo, E. Rocon, Jose L Pons, R. Loureiro, M. Manto, L. Normie, M. Soede

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of clinical trials performed using two upper-limb orthotic devices for tremor suppression, developed under the Fifth Framework Project DRIFTS (Contract QLK6-CT-2002-00536). The orthoses were tested on six subjects presenting various aetiological forms of tremor. Two different strategies of tremor reduction were investigated: viscous friction and notch filtering. The results obtained from the trials suggest that ambulatory and controllable mechanical suppression of tremor by orthotic means is a feasible intervention. The degree of tremor reduction is dependent upon the power associated with tremor. Expected reduction of tremor can be as high as 98% in severe cases. There are hints that for many persons suffering with tremor active mechanical suppression of tremor can produce a reinforcing feedback: when participants perceived and initial reduction of tremor due to the orthosis, they exhibited a further spontaneous reduction of the tremor. There are also indications in some participants that tremor can migrate from a controlled joint to other free joints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology and Disability
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Informatics

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