Robotic devices and virtual reality have become an essential part of modern medicine today. Rehabilitation is one area where robotic technologies are used. Especially in neurological rehabilitation, recovery can be accelerated with the help of different robotic devices. When these robotic techniques are used in combination with traditional physiotherapy and various rehabilitation methods, better results can be obtained. One of the most common devices for robotic rehabilitation is the Lokomat walking robot, and it is one of the latest technological innovations among these auxiliary devices.
What is Lokomat?
Lokomat Robot is an automatic walking rehabilitation system used to restore and improve walking ability in cases of brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes, and loss of walking ability due to neurological or orthopedic injuries. The robot carries the majority of the patient’s body weight allowing the joints to move easily and aims to restore the normal walking pattern.
How does the Lokomat Robot work?
The patient is raised for treatment on the device through a group of belts that are placed on the body. After the entire body weight has been transferred to the device, the patient’s legs placed on the robotic treadmill. The patient begins to walk by partially transferring weight on the walking strip to form the normal walking pattern. The robot detects and strengthens voluntary movement while walking with the help of sensors. Meanwhile, the patient can follow his walk through the mirror or virtual reality screen in front of him.
What are the advantages of treatment using a Lokomat Robot?
The most important feature of the Lokomat Walking Robot is that it makes movements similar to normal walking and constantly stimulates centers in the brain. In this way, the patient’s recovery process accelerates and their walking patterns develop in almost natural ways.
Thanks to longer and intense training sessions, rapid progress has been made, that cannot be compared to manual treatments.
It minimizes the interactions of the therapist. One therapist is enough.
The patient’s walking activity can be easily monitored and evaluated.
The walking model and support forces can be adjusted individually according to the patient’s needs to adapt to functional training.
Motivations are provided to the patient through on-screen visual feedback and visual support for the treatment.
With computer-assisted assessment measures it is possible to obtain easy and measurable measurements of the patient’s condition.
If necessary, you can easily switch from automatic therapy to manual gait training.
Who can benefit from treatment using Lokomat walking robot?
The main goal of robotic therapy is to improve the ability to walk. For this purpose, the treatment using Lokomat walking robot can be used in many neurological and orthopedic disorders that impair the ability to walk, especially brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis patients, cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.
Can kids benefit from robotic therapy with Lokomat robot?
Thanks to the Lokomat Walking Robot, children patients can be treated with impaired walking function due to cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or other neurological disorders. A special device developed for children provides the optimum comfort and compatibility for these patients, which makes it possible to achieve the same functional benefits as the adult robot. The children Lokomat walking robot has been successfully used to rehabilitate children patients with a walking disorder from the age of 4 years.