Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke: Future directions. Alan Godfrey; Rodrigo Vitorio

Bernhard Elsner, Joachim Kugler, Jan Mehrholz*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Abstract

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a potentially useful tool to improve upper limb rehabilitation outcomes after stroke, although its effects in this regard have shown to be limited so far. Additional increases in effectiveness of tDCS in upper limb rehabilitation after stroke may for example be achieved by (1) applying a more focal stimulation approach like high definition tDCS (HD-tDCS), (2) involving functional imaging techniques during stimulation to identify target areas more exactly, (3) applying tDCS during Electroencephalography (EEG) (EEG-tDCS), (4) focusing on an effective upper limb rehabilitation strategy as an effective base treatment after stroke. Perhaps going even beyond the application of tDCS and applying alternative stimulation techniques such as transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) or transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS) will further increase effectiveness of upper limb rehabilitation after stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106
JournalJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15.11.2018

Research Areas and Centers

  • Health Sciences

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 206-07 Clinical Neurology Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
  • 205-24 Geriatric Medicine and the Biology of Ageing

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