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Trying an Indego exoskeleton in 2019

As we pointed out in a recent article “How to Buy an Indego Exoskeleton”, we expect that potential users will want to try each exoskeleton on the market and explore what they can do. This is not something that should be done with a “quick demo”. In fact, it might be unsafe to take this approach because each exoskeleton will demand a certain level of “competence” from the user to get the best out of it.

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Comparing the Indego exoskeleton and the Tek RMD

As we noted in a recent article, we are sometimes asked, “You work with both the Indego Exoskeleton and the Tek RMD - which is better?” This is really like trying to compare oranges and apples. It very much depends on the functional ability and aspirations of the individual client. Whilst both can potentially allow someone with lower limb paralysis to stand and move, both products have very different features and benefits. Both are outstanding products but their true value can only be judged in relation to individual goals and priorities.

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Indego Therapy - Enabling Alice's Story

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.

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Clinical studies with the Indego

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

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Taking your Indego Home

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.

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Ideal candidates for an Indego?

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?

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Shopping for an Exoskeleton?

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.

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Exoskeletons for Rehabilitation

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.

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Things are different with the Indego

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

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Indego Exoskeleton Update

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.

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