The ArmeoPower uses sensors and intelligent algorithms to recognize when the patient is not able to carry out a movement and assists the patient’s arm as much as needed to successfully reach the goal of the exercise.
It automatically adapts the arm movement guidance to the individual needs and changing abilities of each patient–from full movement guidance for patients with very little activity to no support at all for more advanced patients. This assist-as-needed movement guidance enables and motivates patients to participate actively in their training, which effectively supports motor relearning.
The ArmeoPower precisely records how patients perform during their therapy sessions and how much support they need.
Standardized Assessment Tools evaluate the sensor and motor data to investigate specific patient function including movement ranges and forces. The results can be used to analyze and document the patient’s state and therapy progress in order to further optimize therapy. Results can then be shared with the patient and other clinicians.
The ArmeoPower is part of the unique and modular Armeo Therapy Concept, the world’s first upper extremity concept that covers the whole “Continuum of Rehabilitation” throughout a range of devices, each developed for a specific stage of rehabilitation–from acute rehabilitation to long-term recovery.
I Proved Them Wrong
After a car accident, doctors thought he would never walk or talk again. Samuel Pace arrived at MossRehab in Pennsylvania, USA, with almost no movement in his arms. At the rehabilitation hospital he started with occupational therapy where he had the possibility to train with the ArmeoPower for the first time. During therapy he started to use his arms again: “My arms had very limited movement and as the time went on with the machine I got a lot more movement. I know it worked!” According to the therapist, the ArmeoPower at MossRehab is used for patients with all kind of neurological diseases. “It allows patients to practice specific skills such as grip strength, functional reach, and it’s more engaging because it’s task-oriented activity,” Samuel's therapist said. “Overall, the good thing with robotics is you can get increased repetition. So, more movement, more muscle contractions in a shorter time.”
ArmeoPower is a highly advanced arm and hand rehabilitation device for early-stage patients even before they develop active movement.
Scientific Evidence of Arm and Hand Rehabilitation with ArmeoPower
More than 60 studies have been conducted on the ArmeoPower, including the research versions of the device.
Highly Intensive Early Arm Rehabilitation.
The device enables even patients with severe movement impairments to perform exercises with high intensity. (Staubli et al. 2009)
Assist-As-Needed Movement Guidance.
The ArmeoPower uses sensors and intelligent algorithms to recognize when the patient is not able to carry out a movement and assists the patient’s arm as much as needed to successfully reach the goal of the exercise. (Nef et al. 2009)
Most severely affected patients profit most from robot assisted therapy.
“We know that patients with hemiparesis will greatly benefit from integrated movement rehabilitation techniques, but we had no concrete options for this approach so far. But now, ArmeoPower offers us for the first time a technology that enables us to achieve this goal by intelligently supporting the complete movement chain from the shoulder to the fingers.”
Prof. Alberto Esquenazi
Chief Medical Officer, MossRehab, USA
Improve Efficiency & Outcomes
Earlier Start of Therapy
Increased Number of Repetitions
Enables Therapist to Supervise More Than One Patient at a Time
“In a way, 3D-robots plus games becomes your own arcade that is customized to you as the patient. I just don’t see where that is anywhere comparable to about twenty repetitions that are done by a therapist holding your arm. So it’s a qualitative difference.”
John W. Krakauer,
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine