Restorative Neurology Clinic
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MusicGlove

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Restorative Neurology Clinic, The Burke House
MusicGlove

Fine motor skills such as picking up and holding small objects carried out by hands and fingers are essential for everyday tasks. Caused by weakness in muscles and neurological functions, fine motor hand and finger impairments may emerge as a result of a stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological condition.

Developed to assist in revitalizing lost hand and finger function after an injury, the MusicGlove by Flint Rehabilitation Devices offers music-based therapy tailored to each individual’s rehabiliation. Sensors embedded in the MusicGlove detect and record finger and thumb movements as an individual plays an interactive music-based therapy game. Through repetition of playing the therapeutic hand games, the primary neruorehabilitation goal of building strength, engaging muscle memory and awakening neuro-plasticity, the healing of brain nerves, becomes viable. Over time, the therapy exercises adapt and progress enabling individuals to reach their recovery goals.

MusicGlove has been demonstrated to:

  • Greatly improvement hand function than conventional table-top therapy in people with chronic stroke.
  • Advance functional improvements such as: opening a door, washing dishes, typing, and using the restroom independently.
  • Be motivate and safe during high-intensity movements.
  • Provide detailed measurements and recordings of hand function.
  • Provide longitudinal assessment of motor recovery.

MusicGlove: a clinically validated music-based rehabilitation device

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