According to a clinical trial, a new form of electrical stimulation therapy can help rewire the brain and restore some dexterity to a hand that’s been paralyzed by stroke. In the experimental therapy, patients use their good hand to help their brain regain control over the paralyzed hand. A sensored glove, worn on the patient’s good hand, sends signals to electric stimulators attached to the paralyzed hand. The inert muscles are then prompted to mirror the movements of the functioning hand while patients think about opening both hands at the same time,
Research is still underway, but so far almost all patients who received the new therapy have felt an improvement.
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