REHAP : More Accessible Rehabilitation Alternative

  • Janet Choi

Collaborator : Dr Tijana Jevtic Vojinovic An assistive and rehabilitation tool for stroke patients to perform strength training exercises on both limbs and synchronise hand movements with the affected half of the body.

Problem: Mental Difficulties and Separated Tools for Physical Limitation
According to research, around 1 in 3 stroke survivors experiences emotional problems after their stroke. During recovery, they need to purchase different rehabilitation and assistive tools to satisfy different functions, such as strength training exercise and stretching the frozen limb.

Solution: Assistive and Rehabilitation Tool for Daily Training at Home
Integrated with mirror therapy, REHAP empowers the user to control and train the affected limb with the non-affected limb while re-learning body coordination. The aim of mirror therapy is to trick the brain into understanding that the affected limb is still workable like the non-affected limb. REHAP utilises physical stimulation and mental satisfaction for the user to achieve increased movement through the combination of active and passive rehabilitation methods. It also provides continuous rehabilitation with interchangeable gears. The gear system provides 3 flexibility levels to accommodate the user’s learning path. Presented with 3 colours in different shades of blue, users and caregivers can intuitively choose the suitable flexibility level for training.

Simplified Mechanisms: Ease Production and Recycling Process
Designed in modular structures with compliant mechanisms, REHAP can be printed in a single material, which simplifies the production and recycling process. This project also aims to make the ecosystem of rehabilitation and assistive technologies more accessible and sustainable with motorless and simplified mechanisms.
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