WEST ORANGE, N.J., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kessler Foundation (www.kesslerfoundation.org ) and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (www.kessler-rehab.com ) are the first rehabilitation centers in the U.S. to implement the new LokomatPro V6, an advanced robotic training system designed to improve mobility in individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis or other neurological diseases. This new system, developed by Hocoma (http://www.hocoma.com/en/ ), a Swiss-based manufacturer, offers appropriate patients an intensive program of activity-based therapy that has been shown to improve overall function, movement and walking.
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"Robotic therapy is a new frontier in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke and other conditions that result in motor deficits," explained Steven Kirshblum, M.D., Medical Director and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (http://bit.ly/oOi1Ek ). "The Lokomat is one device that is helping to take locomotor training to a new level. This new system will offer patients greater range of motion, variable speeds and augmented feedback, which allows users to visualize themselves walking in a variety of environments, all of which can contribute to greater functional gains. In addition, we will be studying its role in helping to prevent secondary complications of paralysis by improving strength, mobility, respiratory and bladder function, circulation and bone density."
The LokomatPro will be used collaboratively by Kessler's clinical and research teams. Gail Forrest, Ph.D., Interim Director of Human Performance and Movement Analysis Resea