Upper Extremity Mechanics Lab - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Upper Extremity Mechanics Lab

Upper Limb Mechanics

The mission of the Upper Extremity Mechanics Laboratory is to enhance our understanding of the various neuromechanical factors that interact to shape reaching in patients post-stroke and to development and evaluate novel rehabilitation therapies and technology to improve post-stroke arm function.

The Upper Extremity Mechanics Laboratory studies reaching movements in healthy and stroke survivors, with a focus on the effects of external loads on reaching kinematics and kinetics.  Most of the studies are conducted using a new device for stroke assessment and rehabilitation – the Multi-Axis Cartesian-based Arm Rehabilitation Machine (MACARM). Our studies include patients with moderate to severe chronic stroke-related impairment.

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