Indego Therapy - Alice's Story
After her brain injury, there seemed little hope for recovery. With the right therapy, tools and attitude she has defied all odds.
Her stepfather, Bob, and therapists at More Rehab tell us her story, her rehabilitation journey so far, and the particular benefits of walking therapy with the Indego exoskeleton.
We’re sure you agree that she is an extraordinary woman!
We also hope that you can see that it is a combination of great therapy, excellent technology, incredible support and hard work that creates results. Here at Anatomical Concepts we focus on the Technology, and we partner with great therapists (just like More Rehab) who we know will give a high standard of support, training and encouragement.
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Indego can’t produce miracles - but the combination of great technology and therapy can come close. Our last article featured Alice and her story of recovery from a hypoxic brain injury. As a young woman she was looking at a situation in which she would be in bed for 23 hours a day and hoisted to a wheelchair for the rest of each day. Indego along with the efforts of the More Rehab team have got Alice back on her feet and moving toward independance.
After her brain injury, there seemed little hope for recovery. With the right therapy, tools and attitude she has defied all odds. Her stepfather, Bob, and therapists at More Rehab tell us her story, her rehabilitation journey so far, and the particular benefits of walking therapy with the Indego exoskeleton.
In this article we look at how various studies have showcased the Indego’s performance. The lndego Personal is a lower extremity exoskeleton providing power assisted trunk stability in combination with dynamic flexion/extension of the knees and hips for standing, walking and returning to sit. This powered orthosis is beneficial for a broad range of neurological conditions including stroke, MS and spinal cord injury
Each Indego Personal user will take extensive training. Even though a client has passed their “Medical Clearance” and is intent on purchasing an Indego, they won’t be able to take it home until they (and potentially a support person) have received essential training. This maximises independence and safety. Learn about the training programme in this short article.
A product like the Indego can change lives for the better. Some lucky individuals will be able to use a Personal Indego and others may benefit from therapy using Indego’s unique combination of hardware and software. But who is the ideal Indego candidate?
When you really think about it, purchasing a powered exoskeleton is a serious business. So the question is, how can we get a grip on the potential value of purchasing something like the Indego? To be worthwhile, the exoskeleton has to at least make greater independence and enhanced health a realistic possibility for the user - and for a start that will mean different things to different people.
The really exciting aspect of the Indego exoskeleton is it’s ability to act as a therapeutic aid following stroke, MS, head injury and more. Whilst it’s the personal usage as an assistive product that gets the headlines, the Indego’s superb blend of hardware and software is the key to it’s role as a superb therapy tool. Neuroplasticity is a double edged sword. To take advantage of this you need something that allows the “optimal” gait to be reinforced. The Indego leads the way in it’s ability to take advantage of neuoplasticity.
A few years ago a clinician friend referred to exoskeleton developments as "mobile standing frames". His not so disguished message was simply that this was an expensive way of standing with no additional benefits over a conventional standing frame for his SCI clients. Things are different with the Indego
The Indego Therapy kit has been adopted by the therapy practice More Rehab from Sheffield/Doncaster to use as part of their routine clinical work. Up until now, the main focus with exoskeletons in the news has been their use as assistive devices following a spinal cord injury. More Rehab will take advantage of the software systems of the Indego to offer intensive therapy to clients who can benefit from variable assistance.
The Indego exoskeleton is a powerful tool to amplify the recovery of ambulatory function following a neurological insult. It's not just about the hardware. though. Clare Hartigan from the Shepherd Centre published a great article on the differences between THERAPY+ and MOTION+ software. Read more in our latest blog.