The Hocoma Armeo is a therapy solution for patients who have suffered from a stroke, traumatic brain injury or neurological disorder which results in hand and arm movement impairment.
Research suggests that the neural plasticity of the brain is retained after an injury, and now connections can be made through intensive, repetitive, task-oriented movements. These exercises allow the restoration of movement and functionality and motivates patients throughout their rehabilitation process.
The Armeo enables patients to practise and repeat movements with their hands and/or arms to support their recovery and restore their movement. (Picture credits: Hocoma, Switzerland.)
The Armeo range of products address different patient and therapeutic needs across the stages of rehabilitation, from acute rehabilitation to final outpatient therapy sessions. They will improve the efficiency of therapy treatments as the exercises are self-initiated, self-directed, challenging and motivational. Even severely impaired patients can practise independently without the constant presence of a therapist.
Feedback and results are provided by “Augmented Performance Feedback”, which is a shared software platform that encourages and motivates patients to achieve a higher number of repetitions. This will lead to better, quicker results and improved long-term outcomes.
The game-like software also provides automatic, ongoing assessment of motor functions and patients can easily track their progress, which helps them to take their training into their own hands and reach their therapy goals. These programs have been designed to train core movement patterns which are commonly used in daily life activities.
The Armeo Power is a highly advanced arm and hand rehabilitation device for early-stage patients, even before they develop active movement. It is the world’s first robotic exoskeleton for integrated arm and hand therapy for severely impaired patients, and is ideal for the initial stages of rehabilitation.
The device enables patients to perform exercises with a high number of repetitions for an intensive training session, which is necessary for relearning motor function. It uses sensors and algorithms to recognise when a patient isn’t able to complete a movement, and will assist the patient’s arm or hand as much as necessary to successfully reach the goal of the exercise. It will automatically adapt movement guidance to the individual needs of each patient, and the six actuated degrees of freedom allow training in an extensive 3D workspace.
NEW Armeo Power with Manovo Power
Hand function training is optional with the Armeo Power for patients who need to relearn hand opening and closing, reaching and grasping, using the Manovo Power.
The Manovo Power is an actuated hand module that enables severely impaired patients to relearn hand opening and closing. It has been designed to train grasping and reaching, with assist-as-needed support from shoulders to fingers. A range of game-like exercises will motivate and encourage your patients to work harder for longer.
The Armeo Spring allows simultaneous arm and hand training in an extensive 3D workspace with six degrees of freedom. This enables patients to practice the movements that are key for their therapy progress and daily life.
The Armeo Spring features an adjustable exoskeleton which supports the whole arm, from shoulder to hand, and counterbalances the weight of the patient’s arm. By providing arm weight support, the Armeo Spring enables patients to use any remaining motor functions and encourages them to achieve a higher number of reach and grasp movements based on specific therapy goals. The activities are based on the patient’s own movements, and built-in sensors record the active movements and all joint angles during the therapy session.
The Armeo Spring enables therapists to deliver higher training efficiency (more hours per day) thanks to self-directed therapy, which may lead to better long-term outcomes. This is possible by reducing the need for continuous therapeutic guidance, thus giving therapists the possibility to supervise more than one patient at a time.
Armeo Spring Paediatric
The Armeo Spring can also come in a size that is suitable for children. The ergonomic exoskeleton is still customisable for each patient and will provide the same level of support and training as the full-size model. This means that paediatric patients who require therapy for hand and arm movements can still use the Armeo Spring and see the same excellent results, as well as use game-like software which is great for motivating and engaging children.
The Manovo Spring is an instrumented hand orthosis which can be used in combination with the Armeo Spring for patients who are focusing on hand rehabilitation in their therapy. The Manovo Spring features a spring mechanism for adjustable hand opening support that can be used as a real-time input device to the same software as the Armeo Spring. This has been designed to train grasping function for patients with impaired hand functions due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological disorders.
The Armeo Boom is a therapy solution for patients with mild to moderate arm movement impairments. It provides an overhead sling suspension system with an adjustable level of arm weight support. The low inertia enables patients to perform smooth self-initiated movements without any restrictions. Once adjusted, the Armeo Boom can be operated easily and independently by the patient, so they can practise in their own time.