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Robotic Locomotion Therapy provides for functional movement and sensory stimulation for neurological patients.
Robot-assisted walking therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses a robotic device to help a person whose ability to walk has been impaired as a result of stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or other neurological condition, learn to walk again.
The robotic device moves the legs in a natural, repetitive walking pattern which helps the spinal cord and brain work together to re-route signals that were interrupted. A computer controls the pace of walking and measures the body’s response to the movement. Patients may also see improved circulation and the strengthening of bones and muscles.
Why use robotic locomotion therapy?
Administering intensive functional locomotion therapy with manual training requires sufficient staff, is labor intensive, and allows only relatively short training sessions.
Manually assisted gait therapy can be challenging, especially in obese patients or in patients who are spastic.
Gait pattern and guidance force are individually adjustable to the patient’s needs to optimize functional training.
Improved patient motivation through visualized performance feedback.
Assessment tools allow easy and reproducible measurements of the patient’s progress.