Lokomat is a driven gait orthosis that automates locomotion therapy on a treadmill and improves the efficiency of treadmill training. The Lokomat improves the therapy outcome by providing highly intensive, individualized training in a motivational environment of constant feedback. Locomotion therapy supported by an automated gait orthosis on a treadmill has shown to be an effective intervention for improving over-ground walking function caused by neurological diseases and injuries in many cases. The Lokomat system assists walking movements of gait-impaired patients and is used to improve mobility in individuals following STROKE, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis as well as other neurological diseases and injuries. The product is based on research and development activities at the Balgrist University Hospital.
Advantages of Lokomat based therapy:
- longer and more intensive training sessions compared to manual treadmill training
- real time feedback for a higher motivation and compliance
- physiological gait pattern provided by individually adjustable orthoses, guidance force and body weight support
- assessment and reporting functionality for an easy measurement of the patient’s progress
“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