Tremor suppression using electromyography and surface sensory electrical stimulation

Strahinja Dosen*, Jakob L. Dideriksen, Eduardo Rocon, Jose L Pons, Dario Farina

*Corresponding author for this work

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Functional electrical stimulation has been tested previously for the suppression of pathological tremor. Typically, the tremor is detected using motion sensors, and the stimulation is delivered supra motor threshold activating muscles to oppose the tremulous oscillations. Here we present a novel system that estimates tremor from the recorded electromyography signals and delivers stimulation below the motor threshold, activating sensory nerve fibers. The hypothesis (backed up by the previous studies) is that the generated sensory inflow will modulate the sensory feedback loops and/or project to the supraspinal centers acting on the true tremor sources/generators. The system was tested in two patients suffering from Parkinson disease and one Essential tremor patient, and the results were promising, i.e., tremor was significantly attenuated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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