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Pediatric Lokomat Walking Therapy – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Featured in both our Legs + Walk and Pediatric Ability Lab, the Lokomat better helps people improve their ability to walk after brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, or neurological and orthopedic conditions.
When using the Lokomat, found in our Legs + Walking Ability Lab, the patient is suspended in a harness over a treadmill and the frame of the robot, attached by straps to the outside of the legs, moves the legs in a natural walking pattern. A computer controls the pace of walking and measures the body’s response to the movement. While the exact mechanism for walking is still not clear, but it is believed that by controlling the repetitive walking pattern we can help the brain and spinal cord work together to re-route signals that were interrupted by injury or illness.