Vibrating glove helps stroke patients recover from muscle spasms

20211208 patient 1 N6A505710 960x640After a stroke, survivors often experience uncontrollable spasms that can twist their arms and hands into perpetual fists. The only treatments are expensive, frequently painful injections of botulinum toxin or oral medications so strong they may put patients to sleep; both offer only temporary relief.

Engineers at Stanford University and the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US now say they have developed a glove-like wearable medical device that achieves as good or better results as the injections or drugs by applying simple, high-frequency mechanical vibrations to the hands and fingers.

For the full story, see the March 2024 edition of Smart Textiles & Wearables.


Photo: Andrew Brodhead/Stanford University