Balance therapy

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Abstract

Boston University bioengineer James Collins and his team investigated whether noise, delivered via mechanical vibration or electrical stimulation, could restore lost sensation. Collin believed that noise could actually help elderly people, diabetics, and stroke patients whose sense of touch has been dulled by age, injury, or ailment. The phenomenon of adding noise that aids the detection of weak signals, is named as stochastic resonance. Collins demonstrated an early prototype of a system in the form of a vibrating pair of gel insoles- that might help take noise-based therapy to the streets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75
Number of pages1
JournalTechnology Review
Volume105
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2002

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