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Development of a specific cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease

Many people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) develop weak neck muscles, leading to pain, restricted movement, as well as problems with swallowing, breathing and communication. Ideally a neck collar would help alleviate these problems. However, neck collars currently available are of limited use for people with MND, and are often rejected by patients.

This project builds on work we have done with users identifying their problems with current neck supports and what their requirements are for an ideal neck support. We have development two complimentary concepts for novel neck supports (FlexLace and Pull-a-Neck), based on user and healthcare professional workshop.

Researchers involved

Heath Reed  - Principal Industrial Designer - Design Futures

Design Futures

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