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Recovering arm function in stroke survivors

Wednesday, 05 June 2019


The common effects of stroke include sensory, motor and cognitive impairment resulting in limitations in mobility and upper limb function restricting ability to perform everyday activities. Stroke survivors are often left with one weak arm. Researches have shown that training one arm can improve the strength and movement in the opposite arm.

The study aims to determine the effectiveness of cross-training in upper limb motor and functioning in stroke survivors using eccentric strength training. We hypothesise that doing eccentric exercise with the healthy arm will improve strength and sensation of the impaired arm in stroke survivors.

The study will include two pre-training assessments, followed by supervised training sessions twice a week for 8 weeks, and a further one post-training assessment. Mid-training assessments will also be included during this time. Our experienced research staff will provide the training sessions and will measure any improvement using our latest robotic technologies. The study will be conducted at ECU's Joondalup Campus.

Ethics approval has been granted by ECU's Human Research Ethics Committee. You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Have had a stroke more than six months ago.
  • Have a hemiparesis.
  • Must not have had a haemorrhagic stroke.
  • Do not have an electronic neural stimulation device implanted in your body.

For more details, please contact Dr Manonita Ghosh at or on (61 8) 6304 2341.


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