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People who have partially lost their motor skills because of stroke, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury are often considered, even today, “rehabilitated” after a short period of therapy. Meanwhile, numerous studies have proven the principle of neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to reorganize itself after an injury and thus compensate for areas that sustained damage. Over time, any lost abilities are taken over by intact areas of the brain or remaining nerve fibers in the spinal cord, which can lead to improvement of physical capabilities. Intensive neurorehabilitation plays a decisive role in positively influencing the reorganization of the nervous system, allowing the patient to regain as much functionality as possible.
For patients with neurological disorders, this means that intensive, demanding, and varied therapy is important for regaining lost functionality. Meanwhile, this fact has been recognized by many hospitals around the world and has been taken into consideration for daily clinical practices.
The WALK AGAIN Center in Berlin is the first rehabilitation center in the world to offer robot-assisted gait therapy with both the Lokomat® and the HAL® Robot Suit. Adults and children, alike, can be treated using specific orthoses with the Lokomat in the WALK AGAIN Center.
Since neurological impairments, in particular, also often affect the upper extremities, we at WALK AGAIN decided to also use robotic-based therapy methods for arm and hand treatment. For this purpose, the Center uses (amongst others) an Armeo® Spring, which allows patients with mild to severe impairments to train their arm and hand functions.
The following indications are especially suited for intensive, robot-assisted therapy: Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Muscular Atrophy following Immobilisation, Guillain–Barré Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Chris T.about HAL® Therapy
“The product is designed for use in healthcare facilities by patients with eight incurable conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, given height and weight requirements.”
nowhere else in the world
Lokomat® and HAL®
at one place
AHA/ASA Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery
“Robot-assisted movement training, to improve motor function and mobility after stroke in combination with conventional therapy, is beneficial for patients.”