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‘Wii-habilitation’ and robotic exoskeletons: technology in physiotherapy

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posted on 2023-07-26, 10:27 authored by Aideen Henry, Aileen Barrett

For mobility-impaired patients, gait retraining is an integral part of the rehabilitation programme. Manual assisted body weight support treadmill training (BWSTT) has been a major focus of research and is considered one of the primary methods of gait retraining. In recent years the focus of research has shifted to robotic assisted treadmill training, which is as efficacious as manual assisted BWSTT but is considered more cost-effective with respect to personnel and labour. The Lokomat® is a machine that provides robotic assisted treadmill training by means of a robotic gait orthosis, body weight support system and treadmill. Manufactured by Hocoma in Switzerland, it has been the subject of intense media attention since it was introduced to the US in 2001. Similar attention has been given to the Nintendo Wii™ gaming system for its potential role in rehabilitation. Although not specifically designed for use in the medical arena, the Nintendo Wii™ has been linked with functional rehabilitation benefits in a variety of patient groups. The aim of this paper is to review the clinical applications of the Lokomat® and Nintendo Wii™, and to provide an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages associated with each as a physiotherapy modality in rehabilitation. 



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Henry A, Barrett A. ‘Wii-habilitation’ and robotic exoskeletons: technology in physiotherapy. RCSIsmj. 2010;3(1):70-74

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