Photo: Exoskeleton in front of white blue background; Copyright: Kessler Foundation

Spinal cord injury: Exoskeleton-assisted walking improves mobility

16/11/2020

Exoskeletal-assisted walking is safe, feasible, and effective in individuals disabled by spinal cord injury, according to the results of a federally funded multi-site randomized clinical trial. The article "Mobility skills with exoskeletal-assisted walking in persons with SCI: Results from a three-center randomized clinical trial" was published August 4, 2020 in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
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Photo: Researcher with person using an exosceleton on a treadmill; Copyright: University of Twente

Rehabilitation: Improving the usability of exosceletons

11/11/2020

Wearable robots such as exoskeletons are often used in the rehabilitation of paretic patients. However, these exoskeletons work more or less without knowledge of the patients’ body internal information. PhD candidate Guillaume Durandau of the University of Twente is adding controllers to wearable robots so that intuitive human control is possible.
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Photo: Three young people with different disabilities try out the H-Man; Copyright: ARTICARES

Portable arm rehabilitation device for use from hospital to home

02/11/2020

A new portable arm rehabilitation robot will help patients to carry out robot-aided therapy at home, allowing them to perform intensive exercises without visiting hospitals or clinics, which can possibly reduce the risk of exposure to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The robot can also be used in hospitals and outpatient facilities such as nursing homes and clinics.
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Photo: Close-up of the lower body of a user who is currently driving with spike over a gravel road; Copyright: Exero Technologies

Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike

29/10/2020

Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
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Photo: Elderly woman exercising one arm with a dumbbell; Copyright: PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia (YAYMicro)

Rehabilitation: Exercising one arm has twice the benefits

26/10/2020

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has revealed that training one arm can improve strength and decrease muscle loss in the other arm – without even moving it.
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Photo: Smartphone with patient data stream next to shoes with the wearables on it; Copyright: National University of Singapore

Gait analysis: Wireless sensor system for portable, accurate and affordable wearables

12/10/2020

Gait analysis is an important clinical measurement used for medical diagnosis of sports injuries, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy, and for assessing frailty and fall risk of the elderly. Now, researchers developed a novel wireless sensor system capable of achieving clinical gait measurements with comparable accuracies to the current gold-standard mat.
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Photo: Physiotherapist shows his patient something on a tablet; Copyright: PantherMedia/Dmyrto_Z

Digitization enhances care and rehabilitation

06/10/2020

Whether it’s rehabilitation, physiotherapy or the care sector – digitization continues to transform healthcare processes. REHACARE.com took a closer look at the latest up-and-coming projects and developments and examined their opportunities.
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Photo: Female nurse points her finger at the screen of the tablet she is holding in her hand; Copyright: PantherMedia/EdZbarzhyvetsky

Care and rehabilitation: Focus on digitization

06/10/2020

Whether in prevention or rehabilitation – digitization offers support for complex processes. While special software and apps, for example, can relieve nursing staff through time-saving and efficient work, digitally oriented research projects enable optimal management of multiple sclerosis. Find out more in our current Topic of the Month October: Care and rehabilitation: Focus on digitization.
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Photo: A female therapist in blue hospital working clothes in standing next to a man. He is sitting in a training device with a seat and a steering wheel; Copyright: Automobile Sodermanns

REHA-SLIDE Assist: wheelchair-to-car-transfer made easy

03/08/2020

Mobility is a vital component of self-determination. Wheelchair users who drive their own vehicles have to transfer from their wheelchairs into the driver's seat. This can be a challenge, especially for new wheelchair users. The REHA-SLIDE is an assist device that helps them practice this transition skill.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Boy with a disability undergoing animal-assisted rehabilitation with a dog; Copyright: PantherMedia/tifonimages

Rehabilitation in review: Helping children and young adults

04/06/2020

Whether it’s animal-assisted, game-aided, or by using digital tools – targeted early rehabilitation is important, if not essential for children and young adults with disabilities to promote self-determination and positive quality of life outcomes. What are the latest trends and developments? And how does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the industry sector?
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Photo: Boy during playful gait training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: PantherMedia/olesiabilkei

Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation

04/06/2020

Digitally and gamified or with the help of animals – there are various ways to motivate especially children and young people for rehabilitative measures. What role these play in everyday rehabilitation and how the industry is dealing with the current Corona pandemic, you can read in our Topic of the Month June: Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation.
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Photo: Young person during arm training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: VAMED Klinik Hattingen

Rehabilitation during the Coronavirus outbreak: Clinical facilities stay flexible

04/06/2020

Covering mouth and nose and keeping as much distance as possible to prevent the spread of disease – if physical touch is severely restricted and involves protective measures, rehabilitation becomes an especially difficult endeavor. How have rehabilitation facilities dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic in the recent past and have things changed as the country starts to open up?
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Photo: Man uses the Neofect Smart Glove for playful digital exercises at home; Copyright: Neofect

Neofect: "Digitization enabled us to gamify rehabilitation"

23/04/2020

Light, individual and motivating: The portable therapy devices by Neofect aim to facilitate modern hand, arm and shoulder rehabilitation for rehab facilities and homecare use. We asked Scott Kim, CEO and co-founder of Neofect, to what extend gamification and digitization are advantages for the rehabilitation sector.
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Photo: Young woman in conversation with another woman; Copyright: PantherMedia / photographee.eu

EUTB Peer Counseling – Support at eye level

03/02/2020

Questions about rehabilitation or participation? In Germany, people with disabilities, their family members or people at risk of disability can call on EUTB (English: Complementary Independent Participation Counseling), to receive free nationwide support. The service emphasizes peer counseling – peers helping peers – and is an important tool to foster empowerment.
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Photo: Sensory insole by novapace lying in front of a tablet on a table; Copyright: novapace

Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25/07/2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Photo: Georg Teufl during rehabilitation process with a stroke patient using virtual reality glasses; Copyright: Rewellio GmbH

Stroke: Digitalization of rehabilitation with Rewellio

27/06/2019

Mobile devices like tablets can help people with rehabilitation after a stroke – like with an app or virtual reality. Rewellio starts right here and wants to make therapy easier both for the patients and the physiotherapists. REHACARE.com talked to Georg Teufl, founder and CEO of Rewellio GmbH, about the advantages of his product and digitalization in general.
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Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke

"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22/03/2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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