Reha-Stim Medtec is a privately owned group of companies dedicated to the development of modern rehabilitation devices for arm and gait training that assist therapists in their daily work and help patients to regain their ability to move.
We combine scientific and clinical experience in the rehabilitation of patients with technological progress and translate it into state-of-the-art, and even more importantly, easy-to-use and practical rehabilitation devices.
The company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
Our devices help patients after stroke or incomplete paraplegia as well as after orthopedic surgery. They are also used by MS or Parkinson patients or even elderly people training their muscle strength to improve walking.
It all started in 1999 in Berlin with a team around Prof. Dr. Stefan Hesse that developed a series of revolutionary devices for the rehabilitation of upper and lower limbs and tested these devices extensively in clinical use.
In 2017 we merged our activities with the Swiss based YouRehab AG to form Reha-Stim Medtec AG. We remain committed to develop new therapy assisting devices to support doctors and therapists in their daily work to help patients regain their ability to move. First joint products are the Bi-Manu-Trainer, a VR-based arm and finger training system, and the next generation of the electromechanical Gait Trainer, the GT II.
In 2017 we also entered a strategic partnership with the LME AG in Switzerland to exclusively represent The FLOAT for worldwide marketing and sales. The FLOAT is a new and unique 3-dimensional overground gait training system and was developed in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Armin Curt and Dr. Marc Bolliger at the Balgrist in Zurich. The FLOAT is based on leading scientific research and is recognized as a breakthrough innovation for rehabilitation training. It has been increasingly included in scientific studies with promising results since its introduction.
In 2018 we opened a new R&D center in Bozen, Italy, where we will develop new devices in close collaboration with a local leading rehabilitation hospital to ensure practical usability of our devices.
Experienced experts in robotics, mechanics and Software for game-based devices based in different countries team up to expand our range of user focused devices for arm and gait training.
In 2019 the Germany based Sprintex GmbH joined the family with their leading slat-belt treadmills that offer an ideal low impact treadmill training for patients. Sprintex, located in the beautiful Black Forest, was established in 1994 and has a track record of 25 years with robust and uniquely soft slat-belt treadmills for rehabilitation as well as fitness applications.
Sprintex treadmills are known for a smooth and quiet running with a proprietary air-cushioning slat-belt technology to reduce impact on patients.
Treadmills for rehabilitation applications are also available through the Reha-Stim Medtec distribution channel.
In 2019 we also established a US sales office with Reha-Stim Medtec Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts. It also covers the whole North America market.
This adds a local representation in the world’s largest market and complements our headquarter in Switzerland and our office in Germany.
A large and growing number of distributors complements our increasing coverage of the world’s key markets.
We are committed to help regain the ability to walk and to move the upper limbs of patients with a neurological, paraplegic or orthopedic impairment of their ability to move.
Following Stefan Hesse’s philosophy all our devices are focused on effective practical use – out of the clinic for the clinic.
The team around Prof. Dr. Stefan Hesse, a leading pioneer of modern neurorehabilitation devices, developed devices such as the Gait Trainer GT I, the Arm Trainer Bi-Manu-Track or the Finger Trainer Reha-Digit.
Prof. Dr. Armin Curt of the Balgrist and his team in Zurich inspired and partnered in the development of The FLOAT, a novel and unique 3-dimensional overground walking training system.
Our products are designed to help increase the intensity of patient training in a safe environment. Our therapy assisting solutions are based on scientific research and clinical experience as well as patient and therapist feedback.
Scientific studies provide strong evidence for the success of device supported rehabilitation after stroke, incomplete paraplegia, brain trauma, MS, cerebral paresis or orthopedic surgery.
We aim to develop new devices based on a broad based clinical as well as PT office experience. We therefore partner with leading hospitals as well as experienced therapists in PT offices.
We partnered with leading scientists around Switzerland in the development of the FLOAT. Prof. Dr. Armin Curt, the chairman of the European Multicenter Study in Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI.org) and Dr. Marc Bolliger, head of the research lab of the Spinal Cord Injury Center Balgrist had played a crucial role in the the integration of rehabilitation engineering into the clinical application of the FLOAT.
Another key contributor of the success of the FLOAT is Georg Rauter who is an assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Basel in Switzerland. He has long-term experience with rope robots from through his research. Georg Rauter was instrumental in the knowledge transfer for robotics, data integration, and control. Prof. Rauter continues to support the FLOAT engineering and R&D as a consultant with his valuable knowledge.
A partnership with the Villa Melitta rehabilitation hospital in Bozen, Italy, around Dr. Andreas Waldner ensures practical usability of all our devices for both patient and therapists. It also inspires new devices and functionalities based on practical experience.
International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology
Reha Stim is member of the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology. IISART is dedicated to advance and promote modern healthcare technology in rehabilitation for the benefit of the patient and society at large.
IISART shall represent the interests of developers, manufacturers, and marketers of medical devices and their accessories, active capital medical equipment, and services in the field of Robotics, Virtual Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation.