Optimal results via repetition
In order to achieve optimal results for patients, gait training must be „high-intensity,“ or in other words, repeated continually over long periods of time. For therapists, this is nearly impossible without the help of a robotic device. By performing the most arduous tasks, the Lokomat allows therapists to focus on their core competencies. With the Lokomat, therapists can increase both the number and intensity of treatments.
During Lokomat therapy, patients control their activity by way of a virtual reality monitor and receive feedback on their performance in real time. These interactive methods have been shown to increase patient motivation and improve the effectiveness of the training.
One in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. In Switzerland alone, nearly 16,000 strokes and 3,000 to 5,000 head injuries are reported every year. With the number of affected patients continually on the rise worldwide, modern technology is playing an increasingly important role in the rehabilitation process.
Successful Swiss innovation and partnership
The high-tech robotic gait training device was developed at the Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich in partnership with Hocoma AG from Volketswil. Dr. Gery Colombo, co-founder of Hocoma AG, was proud to be on hand to personally unveil the 1,000th Lokomat at the SPC in Nottwil: „We’re thrilled that our training solutions will help contribute to the outstanding work performed every day at the Swiss Paraplegic Center. In order for advances to be made in rehabilitation technology, it is vital that companies work closely with innovative rehabilitation clinics.“
Diana Sigrist-Nix, Head of Rehabilitation at the Swiss Paraplegic Center, also favors such partnerships. She is especially excited for the patients who can benefit from new training methods: „Thanks to the Lokomat, our therapists can work with patients more intensively and thus achieve the best possible results. Together, we are able to offer renewed hope and a better quality of life to those who have suffered a major setback. And that makes our work worthwhile.“