Open Science Research Excellence
%0 Journal Article
%A Taisuke Sakaki and  Toshihiko Shimokawa and  Nobuhiro Ushimi and  Koji Murakami and  Yong-Kwun Lee and  Kazuhiro Tsuruta and  Kanta Aoki and  Kaoru Fujiie and  Ryuji Katamoto and  Atsushi Sugyo
%D 2015 
%J  International Journal of Medical, Health, Biomedical, Bioengineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering
%B World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
%I International Science Index 102, 2015
%T Rehabilitation Robot in Primary Walking Pattern Training for SCI Patient at Home
%U http://waset.org/publications/10002409
%V 102
%X Recently attention has been focused on incomplete
spinal cord injuries (SCI) to the central spine caused by pressure on
parts of the white matter conduction pathway, such as the pyramidal
tract. In this paper, we focus on a training robot designed to assist with
primary walking-pattern training. The target patient for this training
robot is relearning the basic functions of the usual walking pattern; it is
meant especially for those with incomplete-type SCI to the central
spine, who are capable of standing by themselves but not of
performing walking motions. From the perspective of human
engineering, we monitored the operator’s actions to the robot and
investigated the movement of joints of the lower extremities, the
circumference of the lower extremities, and exercise intensity with the
machine. The concept of the device was to provide mild training
without any sudden changes in heart rate or blood pressure, which will
be particularly useful for the elderly and disabled. The mechanism of
the robot is modified to be simple and lightweight with the expectation
that it will be used at home.
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