The Mayo Clinic describes a stroke as the effect of an interruption or severe reduction of blood supply to part of the brain. Deprived of oxygen, brain cells begin to die within minutes. A stroke can affect language, memory, cognition, emotional stability and, particularly, motor skills.
While studies have shown "the central nervous system is adaptive and can recover some functions," they've also found it is "necessary to keep practicing regained skills."
Therein lies the rub. Therapy can become tedious and frustrating, causing a patient to lose interest altogether, thus slowing or even stopping the recovery process.
As the "world's first FDA-approved clinically validated music-based hand rehabilitation device" the MusicGlove, by Flint Rehabilitation Devices, allegedly improves hand functionality for people who've suffered a stroke, spinal injury or traumatic brain injury—and makes it fun.
The MusicGlove has sensors that read a user's movements as he or she plays a song on a tablet or similar device. As notes scroll up the screen, the wearer touches fingers to thumb for each note: think Guitar Hero.
A March 21 article in the Orange County Register quotes Dr. Dan Zondervan, Flint vice president, co-creator of the MusicGlove and a musician, as saying "there are quite a few studies that show benefits of using music in movement therapy. It helps motivate people in a fundamental way."