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An application provides real-time knowledge of the evolution of a brain injury
People with brain injuries can benefit from a new project that integrates cutting edge technology in the rehabilitation of their motor impairments, in swimming pools and on dry land, and provides the specialist with real-time values and measurements on the patient’s progress. The project ‘NEURO-TAR’ was developed by the Instituto Universitario de Automática e Informática Industrial (Instituto ai2) of the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) and the company Inia Neural and is currently in the validation phase in over thirty patients with acquired brain injury.
Hermengildo Gil, researcher at the Instituto ai2, and Rafael Romero, from the company Inia Neural, highlight that this new system, financed with 268,000 euros from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), enables more efficient rehabilitation in both adults and children.
The software developed by the researchers at the Instituto ai2 of the UPV aims to change the traditional rehabilitation process that currently exists in the company for a new, innovative system. This system enables the development of a number of interactive games for rehabilitating patients with brain injuries while recording, in real time, a number of values and measurements on the patient’s progress, of interest to the specialists. The data is recorded by a software platform implemented within the project, and it provides the specialists with records of measurements of balance, gait or limb mobility as the patient undergoes rehabilitation, minimising the need to obtain measurements for evaluation outside of the activities. In addition, the software uses the recording of these measurements to provide feedback, so that they can be used to adapt the system to the evolution of each patient in each session, which will enable customised rehabilitation programmes to be drawn up.
The technological treatment can be applied in two different environments: in water and on dry land, and includes collaborative and competitive exercises for patients of different ages and in different stages of their rehabilitation process.
Rafael Romero highlights that, for the first time in Spain, experiments are under way with adult patients in water, a medium that reduces both spasticity (motor impairment of the nervous system in which some muscles are permanently contracted) and the risks. The exercises are projected onto a large exterior screen for the patient to do, using a play format and supported by the therapist at all times, and the successes and failures that the patient achieves during the therapy. According to Romero, one of the advantages of this new technology is that it enables objective measurement of the patient’s therapy and their evolution and progress “knowing exactly what level has been obtained in their potential autonomy“.
Neuro-TAR (Technologies for Active Rehabilitation). Members: Albero Gil, Miguel; Gil Gómez, Hermenegildo; Gil Gómez, José Antonio; Juan Lizandra, María Carmen; Lozano Quilis, Jose Antonio.
Contact: Hermenegildo Gil