Robots exercise workout - for people with disabilities

Robots for people with disabilities

Robots can provide exercise platforms to help restore limb function and can monitor the condition of patients undergoing rehabilitation from the effects of injuries. After suffering a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or other harm to the central nervous system, people may lose their ability to walk. Robots-based technologies are designed to combine medical and engineering approaches to help patients regain mobility faster, with less pain. 

The models developed at the company ALYaR robotic Ltd. of robots simulators for mobility training, affords patients longer and more frequent sessions and results in a faster and improved return to mobility.  The robot intelligently adapts its behavior to the patient's individual capabilities.  Virtual training environment can increase patients' motivation and engagement to intensive rehabilitation.

Regenerative medicine is the process of regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body - Restoration damaged tissue, by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms to heal previously irreparable tissues and organs.

The theory behind this type of therapy is it will re-train the body to walk on it's own without cognitive thought. This therapy is usually suitable to people with incomplete spinal cord injuries (those with some feeling/movement/control of the lower body). Currently are possibility of including people with complete injuries, since no absolutely no control below the chest level, it is definitely a challenge!

The spinal cord appears to act like a small brain and is capable of controlling the movements of walking by itself. In fact, it appears that the spinal cord may even tell the muscles the "correct" way to walk. And, amazingly, when a paralyzed person undergoes locomotors gait training and strengthening, both the brain and spinal cord seem to discover new ways to walk. During the locomotors training session, paralyzed person gait training is remarkably effective. Many paralyzed people, even those with older injuries, have been able to walk to some degree after training. Although each person experienced a different level of recovery, almost all of those with incomplete injuries showed gains.  A driven robotic gait system guides the client’s legs on a treadmill offering or bicycling-training a wide range of training and strengthening possibilities:

  • Faster progress through longer and more intensive training sessions
  • Physical strain on trainers/clinicans is relieved, single operator mode
  • Clients walking activity is easily monitored and assessed

For more efficient recovery, we use electrical impulse from stimulating electrode assembly. The electrical signals provided by the array stimulate the spinal cord's own neural network so that it can use the sensory input derived from the legs to direct muscle and joint movements. Rather than bypassing the man's nervous system to directly stimulate the leg muscles, this approach takes advantage of the inherent control circuitry in the lower spinal cord (below the level of the injury) to control and stepping motions.

The training system gravitational and muscle activity on the basis of strength training in the gym. In gym can do exercises for strength, flexibility, endurance training, rehab and total body conditioning. The Robots exercise workout teaches the muscles, robots are designed so as they are used in life both in terms of lever load and movement. Exercise accommodates full joint range of motion in all three functional planes. Functional exercise on the Robots exercise workout is based on natural movement patterns and proper biomechanics. When the human body becomes the weight on a rolling incline surface it is free to move in any plane of motion. Functional, multi-plane exercises permit the targeting of specific fitness objectives. The muscle adaptation facilitated during training replicates that occurring in natural movement. This in turn improves functional performance and overall independence. What this means to clients is that their fitness level and functional performance improves.

An advanced robotics training systems designed to improve mobility in individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis or other neurological diseases. This systems, offers an intensive programs of activity-based therapy that has to improve overall function, movement and walking. Robotic therapy is a new frontier in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke and other conditions that result in locomotors deficits. This new system will offer patients greater range of motion, variable speeds and augmented feedback, which allows users to visualize themselves walking in a variety of environments, all of which can contribute to greater functional gains by improving strength, mobility, respiratory, circulation and bone density.