Bone Structure Monitoring Systems Applied to Physiotherapy of Children with Cerebral Palsy
The cerebral palsy (CP) is an irreversible disorder that affects the human brain and causes problems with mobility and communication. This paper presents the results of designing, implementing and evaluating an easy-to-use and low-cost equipment that seeks to increase the motivation and effort of the children with cerebral palsy while they do their physical therapies. Through a validation process with the help of patients and physiotherapists, we designed a set of multimedia applications that were evaluated with children with cerebral palsy while doing their therapies. Our emphasis was on providing support for the distension muscle exercises as they are identified as the most painful activities that take place in a physical therapy session. The application was based on a Wiimote control, connected to a personal computer via Bluetooth, as a receptor of the infrared light emitted by a simple control made of an infrared led, an interrupter and a battery.
KeywordsAssistive environments Cerebral palsy Bone movement-tracking
We would like to take all participants and physiotherapists that help us to inform our study, and evaluate our design. We thank the Instituto Stephen Hawking de Cuenca, Ecuador for their support. We would like to thank the support for the second author from Association Mexicana de la Cultura, A.C.
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