Rehabilitation and Health Technologies Research Group

Rehabilitation. Assistive technologies in people's homes

Rehabilitation technologies in people's homes

The Rehabilitation and Health Technologies Research Group is based in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Our interdisciplinary research into rehabilitation and rehabilitation technologies is underpinned by close collaboration with Engineering, Psychology, the Institute for Life Sciences and Medicine.

Our rehabilitation research specialises in the development, evaluation and clinical application of novel approaches to rehabilitation therapies and technologies. Understanding the physiological and biomechanical mechanisms associated with normal and impaired function and recovery is key to achieving our objectives.

A few examples of our key research

Preventing falls in people with Parkinson's disease

Prof Ann Ashburn has been awarded a £2.2 million grant from the HTA to conduct a clinical trial. PDSAFE is a personalised exercise programme aimed at improving balance, walking, strengthening muscles and preventing freezing (the inability to move).

Restoration of reach and grasp in stroke patients

Finding effective ways to use Functional Electrical Stimulation in combination with rehabilitation robotics to improve recovery of arm and hand function following stroke. This latest research will take the therapy out of the hospital and into patients' homes.

The effectiveness of breathing training exercises for Asthma

We know that face-to-face respiratory rehabilitation is beneficial for many people with asthma, but the NHS does not have the capacity to provide it for all those who might benefit. The aim of the BREATHE trial is to find out if learning by alternative means (DVD) is equally successful.

Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

This five-year, £3m multi-centre programme was launched in June 2013. Our major contribution is to advance understanding of the mechanisms of movement dysfunction, developing programmes for exercising safely for active living from sedentary people to elite athletes.

Our research

  • We have made a major contribution to evidence-based rehabilitation.

  • Through clinical trials, collaboration and close interaction with healthcare providers, we have translated cost-effective rehabilitation technologies into clinical practice.

  • Our rehabilitation research crosses the boundaries between clinical science, engineering, neuroscience, biomechanical research, sport science, psychology and sociology.

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