With the help of a robot-assisted walking therapy, patients undergoing rehabilitation at Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre can self-independence sooner. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday by the centre in ANG Mo Kio with Hocoma AG, which is a Swiss medical technology Company to focus on the functional movement therapy by machines.
More than 100 patients were benefited by the Lokomat system, since it was acquired by TTSH in September 2008.
It includes harnesses to support the patient's body weight, a robotic gait support at the legs. It is used in combination with a treadmill. The Lokomat machine is being used by the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre in their physiotherapy sessions with the patients.
Principal physiotherapist, Wee Seng Kwee gave a demonstration about the way machine assists the patients in re-learning the practice of walking through the robot. Neurological patients who suffer from stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury can be rehabilitated with this method. It also helps people with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.