Human touch may help stroke patients

May 13, 2008 9:38:41 AM PDT
The human touch may be the key to helping stroke patients walk again.

A research team at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago evaluated more than 40 patients partially paralyzed by a stroke. For 12 30-minute rehabilitation sessions, half of the patients worked with a physical therapist. The rest used a robotic device.

At the end of the treatment, researchers found that those with a therapist had a walking speed two times higher than those who used a robot.

The results are published in the journal Stroke.