Can robot-assisted movement training (Lokomat) improve functional recovery and psychological well-being in chronic stroke? Promising findings from a case study

Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Simone Reitano, Antonino Leo, Rosaria De Luca, Corrado Melegari, Placido Bramanti

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Abstract

The Lokomat is a robotic device that has been widely used for gait rehabilitation in several neurological disorders, with a positive effect also in the chronic phase. We describe the case of a 54-yearold female with post-stroke moderate-to-severe chronic hemiplegia, whose force, gait and balance significantly improved after intensive training with Lokomat Pro. We also noted a positive impact of Lokomat on mood and coping styles. This may be partly related to the task-oriented exercises with computerized visual feedback, which in turn can be considered an important tool for increasing patients’ motor output, involvement and motivation during gait training. Augmented feedback during robot-assisted gait appears to be a promising way of facilitating gait and physical function, but also of improving psychological and cognitive status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Chronic stroke
  • Functional recovery
  • Lokomat
  • Lokomat
  • Psychological well-being
  • Robotic-assisted rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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