Emerging Perspectives in Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Guillermo Asín Prieto
  • Roberto Cano-de-la-Cuerda
  • Eduardo López-Larraz
  • Julien Metrot
  • Marco Molinari
  • Liesjet E. H. van Dokkum
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 4)


Poststroke characteristics vary significantly between patients and over time, necessitating the introduction of individualized therapy. To provide the appropriate therapy to a patient at the correct time, several theoretical considerations must be taken into account—from a clear delineation of rehabilitation goals to an understanding of how a certain therapy can influence the underlying neuroplasticity. With regard to the differences between upper and lower limb motor recovery, both domains have experienced a change in perspective on rehabilitation. In gait training, assist-as-needed rehabilitation paradigms have become more pertinent, allowing each patient to find his/her individual walking rhythm and style within healthy boundaries. With the introduction of robotics in upper limb training (with or without virtual reality games that are attached), the amount of training and feedback that is provided to a patient can be increased without a rise in cost. The emerging consensus is to consider the various motor therapies and pharmacological interventions as part of a single, large toolbox instead of separate entities, guiding us toward a more patient-therapist-tailored approach, which is demonstrating tremendous efficacy.


Motor recovery Patient-centered Stroke rehabilitation Technology-based interventions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Asín Prieto
    • 1
  • Roberto Cano-de-la-Cuerda
    • 2
  • Eduardo López-Larraz
    • 3
  • Julien Metrot
    • 4
  • Marco Molinari
    • 5
  • Liesjet E. H. van Dokkum
    • 4
  1. 1.Bioengineering GroupSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Rey Juan Carlos UniversityMadridSpain
  3. 3.Dpto. Informática e Ingeniería de Sistemas, EINAUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  4. 4.Movement to Health (M2H) laboratory, EuroMovUniversity Montpellier-1MontpellierFrance
  5. 5.Neurological and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit AIRCCS Fondazione Santa LuciaRomaItaly

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