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Lokomat / Robotic Walking
Robotic Gait Retraining
The Lokomat one form of robot gait retraining is available at the Aucklandpark branch of Rita Henn and Partners in Johannesburg. The Lokomat robotic treadmill training system uses a body weight support system to suspend a person while their legs are attached to robotic legs that assist with walking. The Lokomat system allows the therapist to control the amount of assistance, gait pattern and how fast the patient walks. During Robotic gait retraining variable amounts of one’s body weight may be supported in such a manner that as the patient progresses the trainer provides less assistance to the walking motion.
Studies show that locomotion therapy supported by a robotic assisted device on a treadmill is an effective intervention for improving over-ground walking function caused by neurological diseases and injuries.
The customized support and limb guidance provided by the Lokomat allows patients who have a wide variety of walking impairments to use this device both in inpatient and outpatient settings.
It is used to improve mobility in individuals following stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases and injuries.