MYOTEL: Myofeedback based Teletreatment service

Background

This project investigates the feasibility of the deployment of a prototype myofeedback based teletreatment service (MyoTel) that enables subjects with neck shoulder complaints to receive personalised adjusted remotely supervised treatment during their daily activities. The focus is on subjects with work related complaints (occupational health care) and patients with a chronic whiplash (rehabilitation care). Starting point is an on-body myofeedback treatment that has been developed within NEW (QRLT-2000-00139). Positive effect of this treatment were shown in several studies in work related complaints (n=66) and chronic whiplash (n=26). To improve access to the service and increase its efficiency, a teletreatment service was developed subsequently and tested (n=16) in the Netherlands. The IT platform is an existing platform for telemonitoring that has been developed in Mobihealth (IST-2001-36006) and further validated in HS24 (e-ten 517352).

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Research

The aim of the European MyoTel project is to investigate the market potential and effectiveness of a new treatment of nonspecific neck shoulder pain (work related complaints or complaints due to chronic whiplash).

During the treatment patients wear a garment that can be worn underneath the clothes as shown in the picture above.

In this garment dry surface electromyography (sEMG) electrodes are incorporated. These electrodes enable an appropriate recording of upper trapezius muscle activity. When the patient has too few moment of muscle relaxation she receives feedback by vibration of the system attached to the garment (left picture).  The vibration is for the patient the sign to relax. Besides this vibration visual feedback about his muscle activation and relaxation is provided to the patient on a PDA. From this PDA, the muscle activity data is also send to a webbased portal via a wireless protected connection. The therapist has access to this portal and can examine the muscle activity data. The picture below shows the overall MYOfeedback based TELetreatment service

Project Manager: Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Telemedicine Group: M.M.R.Hutten@utwente.nl

Research themes

From Human Sensory-Motor Function to Patient-Practitioner Interaction

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Remote Monitoring and Treatment

Principal Investigator tracks

Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten - Remote Monitoring and Treatment

Funding

eTEN

People involved

Hermie Hermens

Val Jones

Ing Widya

Richard Bults

Rianne Huis in t’Veld

Stephanie Kosterink.

Timespan

2006-2010

Publications

MYOTEL publications

Special Issue Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 2010

IEEE Cairns

Project website

MYOTEL website