It is only when we arrive at a time when the body, we thought we knew, may not be as reliable as we hoped that our perspective may be open to change. Hidden, darker thoughts may finally then emerge which we have kept locked away or we were never even aware of. Previously perceived security and certainty in the present moment is nakedly revealed for what it truly is; an entertaining illusion.
Technological innovation in healthcare rehabilitation could hold the key to transforming the lives of thousands of stroke survivors by helping them to get back on their feet. By using wearable 'haptic bracelet' devices, we're aiming to cultivate an innovative method to improve the walking of people after stroke.
A stroke at any age can be devastating, but the condition is particularly cruel when it hits people of working age. Many survivors are unable to return to work as a result of their stroke and are often forced to cope with a fall in income, increased household bills and a benefits system that fails to fully understand the impact of their condition. Despite this, too many people aged between 20 and 64 still don't think that a stroke will happen to them.