Robotic Gait Therapy

Authors: I. Vařeka 1,2;  M. Bednář 1;  R. Vařeková 3
Authors‘ workplace: Rehabilitační klinika LF UK a FN Hradec Králové 1;  Katedra fyzioterapie, FTK UP v Olomouci 2;  Katedra přírodních věd v kinantropologii, FTK UP v Olomouci 3
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2016; 79/112(2): 168-172
Category: Review Article


Robotic gait therapy, one of advanced rehabilitation technologies, original­ly evolved as a modification of the body weight-supported treadmill therapy. At present, a range of various systems based on dif­ferent principles is available, includ­ing mobile as­sistive exoskeletons. Neurophysiological es­sence of this therapy is based on the spinal cord autonomy (central pattern generators), plasticity of the central nervous system and motor learning. With respect to the evidence-based medicine, benefits of this therapy are still unclear; unambiguously positive is the reduced physical burden on a therapist. Indications must, therefore, be based on a rational consideration.

Key words:
robotics – central pattern generators – plasticity – motor learning

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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