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CARTIF presents its new haptic robot for neurorehabilitation of upper limbs in ICNR 2012

13 november 2012

The First International Conference on Neurorehabilitation brought together experts from around the world in Toledo (Spain).

physiobot_toledo The 2012 ICNR brought together researchers and students from the fields of Clinical Rehabilitation, Applied Neurophysiology and Biomedical Engineering in order to promote, feed and encourage this therapeutic global shift.

The Biomedical Engineering Division of CARTIF presented its last research lines, especially focused on PHYSIOBOT, platform for use in neurorehabilitation therapy of the upper limbs in patients who have suffered from brain damage.

Physiobot allows to manage task-oriented therapies, given in the form of "virtual games" that increase patient motivation. This factor is key to the process of neuronal reorganization necessary to reacquire motor skills missing after the accident. The Physiobot platform allows the therapist to perform either passive or active-assisted therapies.

A computer screen provides visual feedback to the patient, both about the position of the target to follow and the actual position of the robot that he/she handles.

PHYSIOBOT also allows the rehabilitation physician to "record" patient-specific rehabilitation tasks, depending on the subject needs. The recording process is as simple as "push a button" and move the robot / affected limb set, along the desired path for the task.

PHYSIOBOT provides active task-oriented rehabilitation therapies based on the needs and abilities of each individual. By using haptic control strategies based on the "assisted as needed" paradigm, PHYSIOBOT "assists" the patient gradually and only if he/she is unable to perform the given task, promoting the intentionality of patient movements, which is critical to enhance the neural plasticity process and therefore for the rehabilitation process.

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