Our Robotics and Advanced Technology Center will use the latest technology to help patients recover from injuries or disorders that have hindered their motor skills.
Therapists and physicians at Children's have worked together to determine the best equipment for our patients using outcome-based evidence.
The center will encompass:
- Robotic assistance
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Body-weight support
- Biofeedback devices for both upper- and lower-extremity movements.
Benefits of Robot-Assisted Therapy
With robot-assisted therapy, a therapist can help the patient with continuous movement patterns. A computer or sensor controls the pace and movement of the child, tracks the body’s response and provides biofeedback. This helps promote motor learning.
Robot-assisted therapy also:
- Assists with more repetitions.
- Promotes better communication between the brain and muscles via electrodes.
- Creates another tool for therapists to use in their plan of care.
Research has shown that therapy with repetitive patterns helps the brain and spinal cord work together to re-route signals that were interrupted by injury or illness. The movements of the robot reflect the ideal movement for the child, ensuring that he learns it as accurately as possible. While this new technology will play a big part in the treatment, physical therapists and occupational therapists are still heavily involved.
Our center will be able to accommodate patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, allowing them to work through a continuum of care.
The equipment we may use includes:
- ArmeoSpring Pediatric—This device embraces the whole arm, from shoulder to hand, and assists in movement. A pressure-sensitive handgrip can be used for exercises and input.
- FES Bike—This cycle can be used on both the upper and lower body. It allows patients to stimulate core muscle groups.
- Over-ground harness system –This high-tech gait and balance training system uses an automatic trolley moving with the patient to decrease horizontal forces during walking and standing activities.
- Bioness–These devices use functional electric stimulation to help children regain mobility and independence and provide biofeedback.
Contact Erin Eggebrecht, P.T., D.P.T., for more information.