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Hocoma installs its first C-Mill VR+ in Germany

29th September 2017

Volketswil, Switzerland, September 29, 2017 – The Swiss medical technology company Hocoma today announced that it installed a C-Mill VR+ in a German therapy center. The treadmill that helps patients with gait and balance impairments relearn to walk is the first device of its kind in Germany.

In late August, the German outpatient therapy center Ambulanticum Herdecke expanded its portfolio with a C-Mill VR+. The C-Mill VR+ is a treadmill that employs augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to help patients with gait and balance impairments relearn to walk in a safe and controlled environment.

With Hocoma’s Lokomat® and several other devices already in place, the Ambulanticum Herdecke is one of the most advanced outpatient therapy centers in the world. Its latest addition means that the facility will now be able to offer patients that have “outgrown” the Lokomat® continuing therapy: Using the C-Mill VR+, these patients will improve their balance and learn to master complex situations such as walking on stepping stones or avoiding obstacles. “With the addition of the C-Mill VR+, we can improve geriatric and orthopedic patients’ lives even further”, said founder Dr. Bernd Krahl.

Last Saturday, six therapists at the Ambulanticum Herdecke completed their training and received their official C-Mill VR+ instructor certification. They will start treating patients on the new device immediately. “We are proud to be serving patients in Germany”, said Hocoma CEO Gery Colombo. “The Ambulanticum Herdecke is the first facility in the country to install the C-Mill VR+ and I am confident that it will help many of their patients to improve their gait pattern and thus their quality of life.”

About Ambulanticum Herdecke

The Ambulanticum Herdecke is an innovative outpatient therapy center in Herdecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was founded in 2012 by Dr. Bernd Krahl, a dentist who himself suffered a stroke and continues to make progress with technology-assisted rehabilitation therapy. The Ambulanticum Herdecke employs several Hocoma devices such as the Lokomat®, the Armeo®Spring, the Armeo®Senso, and the Valedo®Motion.

About Hocoma

Hocoma is the global market leader for the development, manufacturing, and marketing of robotic and sensor-based devices for functional movement therapy. Headquartered in Volketswil, Switzerland, the medical technology company was founded in 1996 as a spinoff of the University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich. Today, Hocoma has subsidiaries in Eastern Europe, North and South America, and Asia. It is part of DIH International, a corporate holding group from Hong Kong that focuses on rehabilitation solutions and medication management.