Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
Individuals suffering from neurological injuries, such as brain injury or stroke, typically develop many side effects including, but not limited to, physical weakness, decreased sensation, cognitive and speech impairments and balance just to name a few. Over the past 2 decades, neurological rehabilitation strategies have shifted more from theory-based treatment to evidence-based (science driven) treatment.
With this transition towards a “proven concept” model, which highlights the need for mass repetition in order form functional gains to be made, technologies such as robotic devices have come in to play as simple way to augment movement and facilitate the much-needed intensity and frequency that is required for further progress.
Robotic devices can provide high intensity, repetition, task specific and interactive training. It allows for proprioceptive input and multi joint movement and offers active, active-assisted, passive and resistive options.
Search no further! Below is a comprehensive list from www.neurorehabdirectory.com that reviews all of the commercially available robotic devices on the market for both upper and lower extremity treatment.
Arm and Hand Robotic Devices
Upper Limb Robot-Assisted Therapy consists of an electromechanical device, designed for the arm or hand, that is used to assist users (through powered mobility) with exercise training and activities of daily living (ADL).
Leg and Foot Robotic Devices
Lower Limb Robot-Assisted Therapy consists of an electromechanical device, designed for the leg, that is used to assist users (through powered mobility) with exercise training and activities of daily living (ADL).