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    Arrow LokoHelp device blasts open home gait training possibilities.

    Woodway has developed a new device called the LokoHelp and it is designed to be used on their treadmills and especially their LokoStation line of gait trainers. This is not an advertisment for this product, but I believe that the CC Community should be aware of it because it really can open up effective gait training options for those who currently have no access to it.

    The LokoHelp allows a patient to perform a walking type motion alone, without the need for multiple trained therapists to move the legs. It does not need electrical power...the device is powered by the treadmill itself. The quality of the gait is inferior in my opinion to that which a person can achieve with a Lokomat, but Lokomats are few and far between and very expensive to boot. I do believe however that the gait pattern is at least as good as what you can achieve from two competent PT´s or from the GT-1 Gait Trainer. It is an excellent option for doing home gait training and I will show the new home system that Woodway has also developed. Here are some pictures of the device as well as a link to a video showing what looks like a brain injury or a young stroke patient from Switzerland using the LokoHelp.



    This is the the Woodway Lokostation equipped with the new Lokohelp. The earlier version of this system had two padded seats located on each side of the treadmill. Here as you can see, they have been removed and the therapist now assists the patient in getting in and out. This video gives a good and short (2.5 mb) close-up of the device.



    As you can see, the entire lower limbs from about mid-shin on down is secured in these boot-like restrainers. The LokoHelp is braced to the treadmill and fixed in place so that it doesn´t move around while your doing your training.



    A picture showing the drive mechanics and features.

    Here are a few videos showing patients using this device at therapy. The first two are about 28 mb and the third one is about 45 mb. All are in Windows Media Player format.

    http://www.medburg.ch/media/archive1...lf_640x480.wmv

    http://www.medburg.ch/media/archive1/patient2.wmv

    http://www.medburg.ch/media/archive1/lokohelp_raw.wmv


    Here is the LokoHome system. It is much smaller than a LokoStation, but is capable of giving the same results. I haven´t been able to get the price, but at the website http://www.medburg.ch/index.php?page=913 you can find out more information. Combined with the LokoHelp, it´s a great therapy option for those who want to do their gait training at home, or have no access to it where they live.

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    We have looked into getting this device...the attachment alone is over 15,000 euros.

    I have attached the price list.


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    Look like a nice set up becuase of the boots, would help with foot drop without having to rig up ur ankles with ace badages.

    Thats why I hate going on the auto ambulator becuase it will kick off every 5 minutes due to a break in the gait even if it doesn't occur.

    Kind of looks dangerous now that I look at it again, if your legs spasim when your feet are locked into those boots, and there is no support around ur knee's above and below, thats going to be easy to tear somthing depending on how violent ur spasims can get.

    My left leg will first rotate inward putting pressure on the inner knee then my quads kick in then my grion abductors kick in and try to squeeze my legs together. So if there is only suppport below the knee, my leg would snap inward from the knee joint up, ouch I can feel myself on that bad boy already.

    When i was in the auto amublator it sounded like I was going to break the joints in the machine due to a spasim in my left leg when i was trying to get it to walk in a normal gait and it sure made my grion feel nice. But lucky the braceing system in the auto ambulator kept my legs straight and only put strain on my grion and not bending torquing at the knees.
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    Snowman, thanks for that. As I feared, they figured what a therapist or two might cost into the price. What do you think about the gait pattern the LokoHelp generates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    My left leg will first rotate inward putting pressure on the inner knee then my quads kick in then my grion abductors kick in and try to squeeze my legs together. So if there is only suppport below the knee, my leg would snap inward from the knee joint up, ouch I can feel myself on that bad boy already.
    This is an issue for Jason too. We'd need some stabilization of the knees as well.

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