Harmony SHR rehabilitation exoskeleton restores patients after a stroke (2 photos + video)

Upper Recoverylimbs after a stroke or severe injuries take many months, and sometimes years, and require constant attention of high-level specialists. A new stationary robotic rehabilitation system based on the principles used in the design of exoskeletons under the name Harmony SHR (scapulohumeral, scapulohumeral) will significantly increase the efficiency of patients returning to normal life. A system was developed at Harmony Bionics, Texas.

SHR system designed for early rehabilitationafter a stroke and provides comprehensive therapy for both hands, while providing effective support for the patient’s body undergoing the procedure in a sitting position. The SHR can also be used to recover from injuries resulting from a dislocation or subluxation of the shoulder.

Anatomically Designed DesignHarmony SHR mimics the natural range of motion of the patient's shoulder-shoulder region during therapy. When connecting mechanical manipulators with the patient’s hands, a soft ligament is used to maintain synchronized movement of the limbs in accordance with the individual programmed recovery exercises.

The use of a mechanical trainer will allowrelieve the doctor of the need to do the hard work of rehabilitation. Previously, doctors were forced to perform arm support and coordination of movements during manual recovery. Also, the use of SHR will increase the intensity of recovery exercises and increase their accuracy.

Another feature of the SHR device isthe patient’s ability to independently exercise the training of lost limb abilities. In the case of a unilateral lesion of the upper limbs, the patient will be able to record and reproduce the movements of a healthy arm to control the arm affected by a stroke. During rehabilitation after dislocations, the SHR system will allow conducting rehabilitation therapy in a sparing mode, eliminating the risks of repeated injuries.

Source: harmonicbionics

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