In the latest blog in our National Clinical Guideline for Stroke series, we’re looking at the recommended best practices within stroke care in the UK. This guideline provides much-needed updates to recommendations on rehabilitation, psychological and emotional support, and return to work services, amongst many other changes.

In light of these recommendations, we’re reviewing all our clinical solutions and sharing the ways in which these meet the 2023 guidelines. This is to help clinicians assess the rehabilitation technology we offer and how these devices can support patients recovering from a stroke, as well as support the stroke services offering this rehabilitation.

In today’s blog we’re looking at the C-Mill VR+ treadmill, an innovative treadmill for the evaluation and training of impaired gait and balance, by our partner Motek. There are four different configurations of the C-Mill available, of which the C-Mill VR+ is the most advanced.

Missed previous blogs? Take a look at how the Erigo, Lokomat, Andago and ROBERT® meet the 2023 Stroke Guidelines.

About the C-Mill

The C-Mill VR+ is an innovative treadmill for the evaluation and training of impaired gait and balance. Using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), acoustic cues and force plate technology, the C-Mill is the ideal solution for effective functional movement therapy.

The C-Mill uses obstacle avoidance games, dual-tasking applications, realistic virtual reality environments and a variety of balance challenges to encourages gait adaptability strategies. This prepares patients for functional movement in everyday life – all within a safe and controlled environment.

The use of projections means that obstacles and targets no longer have to be set up, leaving more time for patient exercise. Patients take many more steps during C-Mill training, compared to conventional therapy using parallel bars. This increases the intensity, repetition and length of treatment, and is more rewarding and fun for the patient as they recover their stability and gait.

The C-Mill’s unique force plate technology allows for accurate gait analysis and real-time reporting, empowering therapists with meaningful data for tracking progress and giving performance feedback.

Read more about the Motek C-Mill VR+ here.

Meeting the 2023 Stroke Guidelines


So how does the C-Mill rehabilitation treadmill meet the National Clinical Guideline For Stroke?

1. Intensive walking training should be offered through treadmills or electromechanical gait trainers.

2. The C-Mill helps to provide three hours of multi-disciplinary therapy a day.

3. The C-Mill helps to deliver a range of individualised one-to-one therapy, structured semi-supervised practice, and group work.

4. The C-Mill supports patients in the first two weeks being provided therapy in frequent, short interventions every day.

5. The C-Mill helps patients participate in balance and co-ordination work at least twice per week.

6. The C-Mill promotes competition to improve motivation to practice self-directed rehabilitation.

7. The C-Mill supports how people with impaired balance after stroke should be offered repetitive task practice and balance training.

8. The C-Mill supports how people with weakness after stroke should be offered task-intensive, repetitive, intensive exercises or activities to increase their strength.

9. People with stroke should be offered cardiorespiratory training or mixed training.

Get in touch with Summit Medical and Scientific today to discuss integrating the C-Mill into your clinical stroke practice.

About Summit Medical and Scientific

Summit Medical and Scientific are passionate about the power of rehabilitation technology.

We represent clinical technology leaders Hocoma, Motek and Life Science Robotics to provide the total solution for rehabilitation in the UK. Our partners have developed innovative therapy devices using robotics, sensors and virtual reality for early and acute rehabilitation, gait and balance therapy, arm and hand therapy, body weight support and more. View all of our clinical solutions here.

Get in touch with Summit Medical and Scientific today to find out more about incorporating state-of-the-art rehabilitation technology into your practice. You can contact us via email, phone (01372 459863) or our website contact page.

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