August 5, 2014

Neuroworx Consult

This summer we're finally getting Bertrand out to Neuroworx, a local rehabilitation center that focuses on spinal/neurological physiotherapy.  For years we've heard nothing but good things about Neuroworx from Bertrand's friend Noah.  We're excited to see how Bertrand does with different equipment in a different environment.

At Neuroworx Bertrand is going to try the Lokomat.  "The Lokomat provides intensive locomotion therapy for the treatment of children with cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders."
Why introduce robotic locomotion therapy?
• Functional movement and sensory stimulation play an important role in the rehabilitation of neurological patients following stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, as well as in patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders.
• 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 the functional training
• Improved patient motivation through visualized performance feedback
• Assessment tools allow easy and reproducible measurements of the patient’s progress
• If needed – easily switch from automated to manual therapy