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A narrative review on haptic devices: relating the physiology and psychophysical properties of the hand to devices for rehabilitation in central nervous system disorders

A narrative review on haptic devices: relating the physiology and psychophysical properties of the hand to devices for rehabilitation in central nervous system disorders
A narrative review on haptic devices: relating the physiology and psychophysical properties of the hand to devices for rehabilitation in central nervous system disorders
Purpose. This paper provides rehabilitation professionals and engineers with a theoretical and pragmatic rationale for the inclusion of haptic feedback in the rehabilitation of central nervous system disorders affecting the hand.

Method. A narrative review of haptic devices used in sensorimotor hand rehabilitation was undertaken. Presented papers were selected to outline and clarify the underlying somatosensory mechanisms underpinning these technologies and provide exemplars of the evidence to date.

Results. Haptic devices provide kinaesthetic and/or tactile stimulation. Kinaesthetic haptics are beginning to be incorporated in central nervous system rehabilitation, however, there has been limited development of tactile haptics. Clinical research in haptic rehabilitation of the hand is embryonic but initial findings indicate potential clinical benefit.

Conclusions. Haptic rehabilitation offers the potential to advance sensorimotor hand rehabilitation but both scientific and pragmatic developments are needed to ensure that its potential is realised.
haptic, hand, sensory, motor, rehabilitation, virtual reality
Demain, Sara H.
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Cunningham, Sarah
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Metcalf, Cheryl
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Zheng, Deyi
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Merrett, Geoff V.
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Demain, Sara H.
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Cunningham, Sarah
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Metcalf, Cheryl
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Zheng, Deyi
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Merrett, Geoff V.
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Demain, Sara H., Cunningham, Sarah, Metcalf, Cheryl, Zheng, Deyi and Merrett, Geoff V. (2012) A narrative review on haptic devices: relating the physiology and psychophysical properties of the hand to devices for rehabilitation in central nervous system disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

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Purpose. This paper provides rehabilitation professionals and engineers with a theoretical and pragmatic rationale for the inclusion of haptic feedback in the rehabilitation of central nervous system disorders affecting the hand.

Method. A narrative review of haptic devices used in sensorimotor hand rehabilitation was undertaken. Presented papers were selected to outline and clarify the underlying somatosensory mechanisms underpinning these technologies and provide exemplars of the evidence to date.

Results. Haptic devices provide kinaesthetic and/or tactile stimulation. Kinaesthetic haptics are beginning to be incorporated in central nervous system rehabilitation, however, there has been limited development of tactile haptics. Clinical research in haptic rehabilitation of the hand is embryonic but initial findings indicate potential clinical benefit.

Conclusions. Haptic rehabilitation offers the potential to advance sensorimotor hand rehabilitation but both scientific and pragmatic developments are needed to ensure that its potential is realised.

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Accepted/In Press date: May 2012
Published date: 2012
Keywords: haptic, hand, sensory, motor, rehabilitation, virtual reality
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences, Electronic & Software Systems, Advancing Clinical & Expert Practice

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Local EPrints ID: 339891
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339891
PURE UUID: 876398d0-906e-45a4-a9fc-85671a7fee11
ORCID for Cheryl Metcalf: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7404-6066
ORCID for Geoff V. Merrett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4980-3894

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2012 12:46
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:43

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Author: Sara H. Demain
Author: Sarah Cunningham
Author: Cheryl Metcalf ORCID iD
Author: Deyi Zheng
Author: Geoff V. Merrett ORCID iD

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