Bannwart M., Curt A., Bolliger M., and Rauter G.: The FLOAT Gait Therapy: A Safe Support System for Training of Everyday Challenges (poster)
Rauter G., Bannwart M., Lutz P., Bolliger M., and Gantner M.: Robust Wireless Real-Time Data Transmission for Robot Control in Neurorehabilitation
Bannwart M., Bolliger M., Schmidt Easthope C., Gantner M., Müller R., Lutz P., and Rauter G.: Robot-assisted Gait Rehabilitation: From Guided to Challenging Walking (poster)
Increasing the transparency of robotic systems used for gait rehabilitation can improve training of various daily activities such as walking or balancing. However, until today, there has been very little effort invested in a systematic analysis of occurring unwanted interaction forces between the patient and the robot.
We offer a comprehensive set of arm and hand therapy devices designed to intensify treatment of severely to moderately affected patients after stroke. In line with a distal bilateral approach, the equipment comprises machines for highest possible stimulation intensity for hand and arm training and can be complemented by a finger training device Reha Digit.
The Bi-Manu-Trainer supports patients with sensory-motor and cognitive impairment during rehabilitation. It provides uni- and bi-manual training exercises with focus on visuomotor finger, hand and arm coordination using sophisticated sensor technology and virtual reality.
The FLOAT compact is a dynamic overground body weight support system supporting stroke or SCI impaired patients in the training and rehabilitation of their natural motion. The single track system offers a space saving solution at affordable cost, yet still ensuring easy-to-operate and safe training programs with a maximum natural posture and gait kinematics.
Adding a specific intervention during the acute phase after stroke improved motor recovery, which was apparent 1 year later. These results emphasize the potential beneficial effect of therapeutic interventions for the arm.
People who receive electromechanical-assisted gait training in combination with physiotherapy after stroke are more likely to achieve independent walking than people who receive gait training without these devices. We concluded that seven patients need to be treated to prevent one dependency in walking. Specifically, people in the first three months after stroke and those who are not able to walk seem to benefit most from this type of intervention. The role of the type of device is still not clear. Further research should consist of large definitive pragmatic phase III trials undertaken to address specific questions about the most effective frequency and duration of electromechanical-assisted gait training as well as how long any benefit may last.