In addition to the conventional physio- and occupational therapy the robotic department puts its focus on technology-supported treatments to improve lost or damaged sensorimotor skills of patients with neurological disease. In doing so computer-controlled electromechanical training robots are of great value.
The first Lokomat in Hochzirl was put into operation as early as 2001. Over the years the range of these electromechanical systems has continuously been extended. Currently inpatients can train on a variety of different training robots for the upper and lower extremities as well as for the trunk. This enables the patient to start very early with a specific training, such as gait training.
The high number of repetitions and the training at the patient's performance limit enhance motor learning and neural reorganization. Studies have shown that the early use of these systems has also a positive effect on the patients' remission phases. During the rehabilitation process different robotic systems are used, that pursue specific goals.