Towards Applying Pneumatic Gel Muscles to Augment Plantar Flexor Muscle Stretching for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Zilan Chen, Sujuan Wang, Swagata Das, Yuichi Kurita, Takashi Goto, Chun Zhai, Lei Xu, Kai Kunze

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Abstract

Many children in the world suffer from cerebral palsy (CP), which is the leading cause of children's disabilities, affecting their body movement and muscle coordination [18]. At present, the rehabilitation training of children with cerebral palsy has long relied on the physical therapist (PT) workforce. Our research wants to empower parents of children suffering from cerebral palsy to engage in simple training exercises themselves, supporting the rehabilitation process. We collaborate with physical therapists of a children's hospital to design a system that uses pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs) to help children with cerebral palsy train their plantar flexor muscles (Figure 1). We present an initial experimental prototype validated with physical therapists and doctors. We also show a feasibility test with patients with informed consent from parents and monitored by the physical therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Augmented Humans Conference 2022, AHs 2022
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages337-340
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450396325
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 13
Event2022 Augmented Humans Conference, AHs 2022 - Virtual, Online, Germany
Duration: 2022 Mar 132022 Mar 15

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference2022 Augmented Humans Conference, AHs 2022
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityVirtual, Online
Period22/3/1322/3/15

Keywords

  • artificial muscles
  • children with cerebral palsy
  • Home rehabilitation
  • soft exoskeleton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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