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P.I.G.R.O. exoskeleton – lower limbs rehabilitation

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Introduction

P.I.G.R.O. is a easily transportable robotic exoskeleton designed for the rehabilitation of the lower limbs in patients with outcomes of  lesions of the central nervous system. Designed to best to integrate the active movements of the patient and the passive perception of the imposed movement, it can be used in complete suspension or with ground contact without treadmill, representing a real innovation in the robotic rehabilitation field.

Technical features

In recent years it has been shown in the neuroscience field how a specific and intensive treatment can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of walking recovery in patients with motor disorders of central origin, encouraging processes of repair and re-organization within the central nervous system or rather the neuronal plasticity. This implies that, as a result of central damage, interaction between the sensory and motor experiences of the individual can reshape the structure and functions of the undamaged parts of the brain, helping to restore the lost functions. Developed by a multidisciplinary team within this theoretical framework, the exoskeleton P.I.G.R.O. has been designed to foster an experience of sensory integration between passive perceptions and motor activation by the patient in the delicate context of motor rehabilitation and functional recovery.

Possible Applications

  • Rehabilitation of the lower limbs;
  • Treatment of different pathologies derived from injury or degeneration of the central nervous system;
  • Treatment of severe motor disabilities.

Advantages

  • Can be used in suspension (total or partial);
  • Can be used on the ground;
  • Improves proprioceptive feedback of the patient;
  • Naturally provides motivating visual stimuli;
  • Adaptive structure;
  • Yielding system that will not damage or force movements;
  • Allows a physiological walk;
  • Execution of of the ankle joint;
  • Usable with different clinical and cognitive protocols.