EMG Sonification as a Tool for Functional Rehabilitation of Spinal-Cord Injury.

Jose M Corredera

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

  • Year: 2023
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Track: Work in Progress
  • Pages: 629–632
  • Article Number: 93
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Abstract:

Spinal cord injury is one of the most serious causes of disability that can affect people's lives. In tetraplegia, the loss of mobility of the upper limb has a devastating effect on the quality of life and independence of these patients, so their rehabilitation is considered a crucial objective. We present a tool for functional motor rehabilitation of the upper limb in patients with spinal cord injury, based on the use of bio-sensors and the sonification of EMG activity during the repetitive execution of a specific gesture. During the hospital stay, the patient has a wide range of therapies available to improve motor function or compensate for loss of mobility, including execution of different maneuvers. The repetitive and continuous performance of these tasks is a key element in motor recovery. However, in many cases, these tasks do not include sufficient feedback mechanisms to help the patient or to motivate him/her during execution. Through the sonification of movement and the design of adapted interaction strategies, our research aims to offer a new therapeutic tool that musically transforms the gesture and expands the patient's mechanisms of expression, proprioception and cognition, in order to optimize, correct and motivate movement.

Citation:

Jose M Corredera. 2023. EMG Sonification as a Tool for Functional Rehabilitation of Spinal-Cord Injury.. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. DOI:

BibTeX Entry:

  @article{nime2023_93,
 abstract = {Spinal cord injury is one of the most serious causes of disability that can affect people's lives. In tetraplegia, the loss of mobility of the upper limb has a devastating effect on the quality of life and independence of these patients, so their rehabilitation is considered a crucial objective. We present a tool for functional motor rehabilitation of the upper limb in patients with spinal cord injury, based on the use of bio-sensors and the sonification of EMG activity during the repetitive execution of a specific gesture.  During the hospital stay, the patient has a wide range of therapies available to improve motor function or compensate for loss of mobility, including execution of different maneuvers. The repetitive and continuous performance of these tasks is a key element in motor recovery. However, in many cases, these tasks do not include sufficient feedback mechanisms to help the patient or to motivate him/her during execution. Through the sonification of movement and the design of adapted interaction strategies, our research aims to offer a new therapeutic tool that musically transforms the gesture and expands the patient's mechanisms of expression, proprioception and cognition, in order to optimize, correct and motivate movement.},
 address = {Mexico City, Mexico},
 articleno = {93},
 author = {Jose M Corredera},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
 editor = {Miguel Ortiz and Adnan Marquez-Borbon},
 issn = {2220-4806},
 month = {May},
 numpages = {4},
 pages = {629--632},
 title = {EMG Sonification as a Tool for Functional Rehabilitation of Spinal-Cord Injury.},
 track = {Work in Progress},
 url = {http://nime.org/proceedings/2023/nime2023_93.pdf},
 year = {2023}
}