Robot-assisted training to improve proprioception does benefit from added vibro-tactile feedback

A. Cuppone, V. Squeri, M. Semprini, Juergen Konczak

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Abstract

Proprioception is central for motor control and its role must also be taken into account when designing motor rehabilitation training protocols. This is particularly important when dealing with motor deficits due to proprioceptive impairment such as peripheral sensory neuropathy. In these cases substituting or augmenting diminished proprioceptive sensory information might be beneficial for improving motor function. However it still remains to be understood how proprioceptive senses can be improved by training, how this would translate into motor improvement and whether additional sensory modalities during motor training contribute to the sensorimotor training process. This preliminary study investigated how proprioceptive/haptic training can be augmented by providing additional sensory information in the form of vibro-tactile feedback. We tested the acuity of the wrist proprioceptive position sense before and after robotic training in two groups of healthy subjects, one trained only with haptic feedback and one with haptic and vibro-tactile feedback. We found that only the group receiving the multimodal feedback significantly improved proprioceptive acuity. This study demonstrates that non-proprioceptive position feedback derived from another somatosensory modality is easily interpretable for humans and can contribute to an increased precision of joint position. The clinical implications of this finding will be outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages258-261
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424492718
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2015
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Aug 25 2015Aug 29 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2015-November
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period8/25/158/29/15

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