Robotic Arm: Stroke Rehab Breakthrough
“robotic devices are excellent candidates for engaging patients and delivering the repetitive and intensive practice stroke survivors require for rehabilitation.”
INNOVATIVE ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES STROKE RECOVERY
rebless™ was recently used in a stroke rehabilitation clinical trial in Houston, TX, at the University of Houston and in conjunction with TIRR Memorial Herman.
Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal is a University of Houston engineering professor and a global innovator in noninvasive brain-machine interfaces and robotic device inventions. He and his team invented a portable brain-computer interface (BCI) exoskeleton that translates the user’s brain activity into motor commands to utilize the affected limb with the use of rebless™ (a robotic arm).
The purpose of the study was to further examine ways to induce neuroplasticity and boost recovery.
Contreras-Vidal further states, “Our project addresses a pressing need for accessible, safe, and effective stroke rehabilitation devices for in-clinic and at-home use for sustainable long-term therapy”
(Fickman L, Allen M, Rodriguez, C, Lautenberger, J. Next Gen Stroke Rehab: Robot at Home, www.uh.edu, Next-Gen Stroke Rehab: Robot at Home (uh.edu, ), published July 29, 2022, accessed August 1, 2022). rebless™ was chosen for this clinical trial because of its unique features of the multi-joint application, diverse exercise modes, and the telerehab platform, rebless™ clinic.
rebless™ is an FDA-registered robotic, physical therapy device for both upper and lower extremities, providing treatment to the elbow, wrist, ankle, and knee joints, with multiple operating modes.
rebless™ allows for passive, active, active-assisted, and resisted training and range of motion measurement, so therapy can be customized based on each patient’s condition and progress.
rebless™ is suitable for in-clinic and at-home use and is operated with a smart device application. Patient progress can be monitored and exercises prescribed with the telerehab platform, rebless clinic
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