What is Lokomat?
Gait robots are one of the frequent devices which are used in robotic rehabilitation. Gait robot Lokomat is one of the devices with the latest technological innovations among the supportive devices of rehabilitation.
Robotic devices and virtual reality are getting a part of modern medicine. One of the spheres where the robotic technology is benefited is rehabilitation. By the help of different robotic devices, the process of healing and regaining the lost function can be accelerated. When the robotic technologies are used with conventional physical therapy and rehabilitation methods, better results can be taken and a successful process of physical therapy and rehabilitation is experienced.
The Swiss Hocoma firm is one of the leading companies with regard to walking robots. They develop the most advanced Robotic Therapy systems. Lokomat Pro with Free D device is the most advanced and most suitable walking robot for the normal walking physiology.
With the dynamic body weight support and the robotic outer structure which is adjusted for each person, the most serious neurological cases can be brought to feet and the movements which resemble normal walking can be done.
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neurological Diseases
- Traumatic Injuries
How does Lokomat walking robot contribute to walking?
The Free D feature which is added to the Lokomat Pro Walking Robot ensures the development of the most physiologic walking while going the normal oscillation of the pelvis without any strain.
With the dynamic body weight support and the robotic outer structure which is adjusted for each person, the most serious neurological cases can be brought to feet and the movements which resemble normal walking can be done. The pressure is reflected on the plantar area naturally, the ankle-knee-hip alignment is protected as suitable to normal condition. The hip and knee joint mobility angles can be adjusted tor the specific needs of the patients by the therapist. The sensors on the device record all the implemented movements. The movement which could not be done by patient is completed by the robot and in this way, the re-learning mechanism between brain and legs are stimulated.
There is also a virtual reality integration system in Lokomat Pro walking robot. In this system, the patients have a screen in front of them and an avatar which is the reflection of their body appears on this screen. There are many games fictionalized to increase the motivation of the patients. In this way, the patients find themselves in a bush walk or a gamified activity, so they regain their walking ability without feeling bored. During this process, graphics are revealed to the patients to show which joint and muscle groups are worked in what amount and their progress is monitored and recorded in this way.
How is Lokomat applied?
The patients who will be taken to the robotic rehabilitation within the process of physical therapy and rehabilitation are taken into the device with carrier and supportive clothes on them. After conveying the body weight of the patient onto the device completely, the robotic walking apparatus are tied on the lower extremity of the patient. Making a partial load transmission onto the treadmill to form the normal walking pattern, the patient is started to walk. With the help of the sensitive sensors, the robotic walking apparatus aims to uncover and develop the active movement. The patients can tract their walking on the virtual reality screen in front of them and enhance their motivation by playing games.