Indego allows certain gait impaired individuals to stand up and walk again. You wear it and it helps you overcome weakness or paralysis in the legs. It is a powered lower limb orthosis - popularly known as an exoskeleton.
Developed after extensive research it is now being used by persons at home and in the community where it acts as an assistive device. It adds the option to stand and move around when disability might otherwise prevent this. It is also the leading powered exoskeleton for use in therapy situations as we will explain.
The first generation exoskeletons were not ideal therapy devices because they offered the benefits of standing and moving but they did all the work. The Indego is different - the software and hardware combinations ensure that it can act as a true therapy device with the therapist able to easily adjust the support available to the user over all stages of recovery - from tentative first steps through to fluid ambulation.
The product uses powered hip and knee joints in conjunction with sensor technology and sophisticated software. Control strategies allows certain paralysed persons to stand up and walk again. The product is named INDEGO - Independence and GO - for good reason.
Indego is available in two versions - A Therapy and a Personal version to support these situations. The Therapy device has some features that make for easier adjustment of the product to suit the stature of each individual that a clinic may wish to treat - otherwise it has essentially the same features and benefits.
Indego Demonstrations - How this works
At this point it is possible that you are interested in a demonstration. It is sometimes a disappointment when we suggest to clients that they will have to visit one of the three clinical centres listed below in order to try the Indego. Even worse - we suggest that you will be charged for this. We feel that this is in your best interest because:-
You will not be receiving a quick demonstration from someone who is rewarded for selling an exoskeleton
It ensures that all the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that you will be assessed carefully - they will make sure that you would be safe to use the Indego
It ensures that you are introduced to the product in way that you develop some skills and can have a realistic view of what the Indego might do for you. This is going to take a few hours of a trained professional’s time.
Adopting technology like this is a serious investment and we all need that investment to be based on a realistic assessment - not a quick demo
Indego Personal version
For the individual user, Indego offers a lightweight, modular design with intuitive controls that offer unparalleled usability. This five component modular design allows for rapid set-up and easy transport. Weighing only 26 lbs (11.8 kg), Indego is the most light weight exoskeleton currently available.
Up until now, exoskeleton designs haven't really been practical for personal use outside of the clinic. The Indego has a number of features that make a powered orthosis much more practical for home users.
Main features of the Personal version
Easy and intuitive to use
Lightweight and slim design (can be worn while seated in a wheelchair for example)
Five component modular design allows for self- donning and doffing
Modular design allows for easy portability. As it splits into component parts its easy to store and move around.
Allows users to walk on a variety of surfaces, including the outdoors
Various speeds based on individuals’ capabilities
Adjustable gait parameters based on user’s preferences
Rechargable Li-ion battery
Mobile app allows you to control operation, change settings, and capture data without the need for tethered controls
Indego Therapy VERSION
In recent years, science has discovered that thanks to a natural phenomenon called neuroplasticity, our brain and nervous system have a fantastic ability to recover from the ravages of illness or disease - provided that the body is correctly supported and directed. After a stroke, brain injury, trauma or in cases like MS it might not be possible to get complete recovery or remission of symptoms - but we do know that if the potential is there, then intensive, frequent and specific, guided activity can achieve great results. This is where the Indego Therapy version can help.
Let’s imagine you are recovering from a stroke and you are left with a difficulty in walking. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Your body ruthlessly adapts to the situation and makes future improvement extremely difficult. No one in our experience ever complained they got too much rehabilitation during their recovery. Your experience is probably that you got very little gait retraining - perhaps you had a few sessions a week apart and you found it difficult to take more than a few steps even with lots of support. It’s hard work, and unproductive.
The reason that clinics adopt the Indego Therapy kit is that it gives them the power to put neuroplasticity to work. What that means for you when you are treated is that you might be able to take thousands of supported steps in a session rather than a few chaotic ones - all guided by the therapist to optimise your recover.
Case Study - The Indego and Alice’s Story
If you have ten minutes take a look at Alice’s Story who with the help of More Rehab was able to make a fantastic recovery using the Indego Therapy product combined with some enthusistic therapy input from James and the More Rehab team
The essential rehabilitation road to recovery requires frequent and intensive effort - but that effort needs to be carefully managed and well trained therapists with the right tools can do miracles.
What Indego can do is unique. The Indego can adjust the support you get so that there is a true training effect balancing your effort with the robots so that every step you take gets you closer to optimal recovery.
You may not be able or need to purchase a Personal Indego - but if you:-
Are recovering from a Brain Injury or Stroke
Coping with the difficulties of leg weakness with MS
Have an incomplete spinal cord injury or a number of other neurological conditions.
You may find that an assessment and series of training sessions at one of our clinical partner facilities (See below) can accelerate your recovery.
An Indego Therapy kit is designed for clinic use and consists of one adjustable Indego unit with batteries, small mediaum and large lower limb sections, a recharging station, padding options and 2 hand held controllers.
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Who can use it?
As you will understand there are are some constraints on who can use the Indego to ensure safety and effectiveness. The main user requirements are as follows
Height range: 5'1" – 6'3" (155 – 191 cm)
Maximum weight: 250 lbs. (113 kg)
Maximum hip width: 16.6"(42.2 cm)
Femur length: 14" – 18.5" (35 – 47 cm)
Level of injury: C5 or lower
Spasticity score: Modified Ashworth score 3 or lower
Sufficient upper body strength to balance and advance with forearm crutches, front-wheeled walker or platform walker
Where can I try the Indego?
Whether your interest is Personal Use, seeking therapy that includes the Indego or a clinic wishing to invest in the Indego please complete the form below and we will provide you with the information and connections you need.
In the UK, three Clinical Centres use the Indego as part of their therapy programmes. They also can provide the essential training required for an individual purchaser of the Indego.
Anna Wilkinson, More Rehab Ltd, 138 Beckett Road, Doncaster, DN2 4BA or 767 - 769 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 2BG. Tel 0114 235 3150
Eva Sobonova, Lead Physiotherapist, The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, Buckingham Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 9AB. Tel 01296678800
Rob Bateman, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, The Wellington Hospital,Circus Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 6PD. Tel 0207 4835474
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About Parker Hannifin Corporation
With annual sales of $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world.
A few years ago Parker decided to take a look at Human Motion and Control. The Indego is the first friut of that exploration.
Anatomical Concepts UK are dealers for the Indego exoskeleton in the UK and Ireland and work in collaboration with our clinical partners to provide ethical and effective support to both purchasers of the Indego Personal and Therapy products.