Hocoma Lokomat

Available at NeuroChangers Toronto, The Lokomat is the most advanced robotic technology available for gait training and neurological re-patterning.

While suspended above a treadmill in a secure and stabilizing harness, the user’s legs are secured to the Lokomat’s robotic legs. The controlled motion of the robotic legs guides the user’s legs in an efficient and effective gait pattern. This motion, in addition to weight bearing through the legs, stimulates repatterning of the central nervous system. Speed, range of motion, body weight support and guidance are all controlled by the therapist, and the Lokomat charts user progress with measurements for stiffness, strength, range of motion and distance.

How does Lokomat help?

Through the process of neuroplasticity, the brain is capable of sprouting new neurons and reorganizing its functions. We can re-learn complex movements through task specific repetitive training. Simply put, you don’t play hockey to get better at soccer. If you want to walk, practice walking.

Even if treatment goals do not including walking, the Lokomat has numerous therapeutic benefits such as: increased range of motion and circulation, improved muscle activity, decreased spasticity, heightened proprioception, and cognitive retraining are among the other benefits associated with Lokomat gait training.

Who does Lokomat help?

The Lokomat can be used as part of the rehabilitative program for any of the following injuries/conditions:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident)
  • Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Other neurological injuries/conditions that affect mobility
  • Orthopedic injuries/conditions that affect mobility (joint replacement, post surgery, etc.)

Lokomat Pro - Enhanced Functional Locomotion Therapy with Augmented Performance Feedback

Locomotion therapy, supported by an automated gait orthosis on a treadmill, has shown to be effective for improving over-ground walking function that has been debilitated by neurological diseases or injuries. 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 LokomatPro has been on the market since 2001 and has been a crucial improvement in the art and science of locomotion therapy.

At Aim2Walk, the Lokomat is implemented into our unique therapy protocol so that the user will have a combination of physical, sensory and cognitive training. A supportive therapist, augmented feedback in the form of a gaming environment, and strategically placed mirrors ensure that the user is constantly engaged with therapy, resulting in maximal recovery.

The Lokomat is an amazing tool that allows our therapists to do more with you. It is an important piece of the puzzle of a fully integrated therapy plan.