Lokomat therapy is based on the latest findings in motoric learning for neurological patients. It is known that a new movement, or a qualitative improvement to an existing movement can be achieved only through a very high number of repetitions of that movement. These movements, for their part, should represent the actual movement to be learned as accurately as possible. With the support of the Lokomat system, patients can re-learn walking movements through the use of both of these therapeutic methods (repetition and task-oriented training).
Phillip’s life changed dramatically on January 8, 2011 when he had a serious car accident on his way home from work. After initially being pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Phillip stayed in a coma for five weeks. “When I woke up I couldn’t feel anything from my chest below.” Phillip had a T10 complete spinal cord injury, Asia A, with nine fractured vertebrae and a spine fusion from T7 to L4. His doctors told him that he would never be able to walk again. Three and a half months after the accident, Phillip was told that his therapy was over and that he had to adjust to a life in a wheelchair. But he didn’t want to put up with it. Also for the sake of his 10 months old daughter.
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When Carson was born he was a very healthy infant. With around 15 months Cerebral Palsy was diagnosed based on an inverted right foot and leg. Today, Carson is a patient at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he improves his mobility with the Lokomat therapy.
The eleven year old Florian is a patient at the Rehabilitation Centre, University Children's Hospital Zurich. Due to an infantile brain damage he suffers of a movement disorder and is in a wheel chair. With the Lokomat therapy Florian practises to walk.
"It is amazing to see how intensive locomotion therapy evolved with the Lokomat – I am very glad that we can offer this training to our patients".
Prof. Dr. med. Volker Dietz (emeritus), FRCP, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland