Helping stroke survivors walk tall
Learning to walk is complicated enough the first time. For a stroke survivor, learning it again can be the biggest challenge of their life. Strokes dramatically affect balance and co-ordination. For a million stroke survivors in the UK, knowing when and how each limb should move can be a near-impossible task.
To help, The Open University has developed special wrist and ankle bracelets that tap into our instinctive sense of rhythm. Built-in haptic feedback (the vibration on your smartphone) allows stroke survivors to feel what their physiotherapist is demonstrating – and respond. They can work on their rehab at home too, without difficult journeys to rehabilitation centres.
Early trials show that these prototype bracelets are a powerful aid to walking at an even pace, sending the wearer’s confidence sky-high. Your support will mean we can bring them to patients sooner – they could also be the answer for many other neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s. You can help millions of people regain the freedom to step confidently into an independent future.