According to statistical data, approximately 800,000 individuals across the United States have strokes each year . A stroke event causes neurological and orthopedic deficits, such as weak muscles, decreased proprioception, and spasticity . To regain function, increase motor skills, and retrain muscles, many stoke survivors utilize aquatic therapy as a form of rehabilitation . Typically inside water, the lower body part of a person has to carry 75% less weight, This decreases the effect of gravity allowing increased joint range of motion , . This also helps increase muscle strength as water offers about 600 more resistance than air . The water temperature also helps decrease pain, spasticity, and rigidity . The uniform pressure along with buoyancy contributes to an improved balance of the body .
Design of a Soft Ankle Joint Device for Correction of Inversion/Eversion Angle During Aquatic Therapy
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Nyugen, J, Kannapiran, S, Chaudhuri, S, Gentz, VL, & Polygerinos, P. "Design of a Soft Ankle Joint Device for Correction of Inversion/Eversion Angle During Aquatic Therapy." Proceedings of the 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference. 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. April 15–18, 2019. V001T09A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DMD2019-3206
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