The free VIA Therapy website and App recommends evidence-based upper limb interventions. Users move through an algorithm (decision tree) with three key questions about a stroke survivor’s impairments:
- Was the onset of the stroke within the past 12 weeks? [Y/N]
- Does the patients have shoulder pain or are they are high risk of shoulder pain? [Y/N]
- Can the patient produce any voluntary muscle activity in the affected upper limb? [Y/N]
The Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canada’s leading stroke recovery research centres. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the Partnership restores quality of life to people affected by stroke by harnessing the collective expertise of leading national and international stroke recover.
This App contains two video-guided exercise programs for stroke survivors. PUSH a program for weak arms and TASK a task specific training program.
The TASK program contains video-guided exercises of everyday tasks for stroke survivors, the tasks include sitting, standing up and standing.
TRAIN modules inform therapists about the details in setting up effective task-specific training. There are five modules covering how to effectively train seated reach, standing up, standing and walking.