Innovative technologies advance rehabilitation success
Innovative rehab techniques and robotic equipment are based on the scientific principles of human learning and support the recovery process. The dose of treatment is critical- more is generally better. New robotic devices enable patients to walk considerably earlier and more frequently in therapy, e.g. the Lokomat (Hocoma, Switzerland) is a walking robot that provides a physiological gait pattern by an individually adjustable exoskeleton. Or the robotic-assisted finger and hand-training device Amadeo (Tyromotion, Austria) helps to improve hand function while patients engage in computer games. In this research-driven combination of robotics, sensors, and software patients first receive a detailed assessment that exceeds the classical clinical scales. The collected data helps to tailor the training to the individual needs of the patient. In order to speed up recovery the patient is given just the amount of robotic assistance they need. This approach stimulates activity and motivation, which are the keys to success in neurological rehab.