Muscle weakness can have many causes. It can be the result of genetic or neurological disorders, injuries, or the aging process. For people with muscle weakness, it is often difficult to engage in the recommended amount of physical activity. The lack of muscle strength and/or stability, as well as rapid fatigue, often stand in the way. This lack of physical activity often leads to a diminished health-related quality of life.
The Myosuit offers a new training approach to address this lack of physical activity. It enables people with muscle weakness to participate in intensive training during rehabilitation and physiotherapy. The additional layer of muscle supports the knees, hips, and ankles without restricting the user’s movement. This support enables patients to train daily life movements like standing up from a chair, walking, or going up the stairs.
Training with the Myosuit requires a degree of residual muscle function. In this new approach to training, the movements are not enforced by the robot, but rather supported as they are performed by the patient. This means the user performs the training exercise (using additional aids like crutches or a rollator, if needed) and the Myosuit follows and supports their movements. In addition, patients must:
- be at least 1.50m and at most 1.95m tall,
- not suffer from unstable cardiomyopathy,
- not have recently suffered a trauma due to an accident or fall,
- weigh below 110kg.
Many patients have already trained with the Myosuit. This includes older adults; patients with neurological conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, or incomplete spinal cord injury; patients with neuromuscular conditions; and patients after orthopedic interventions.
The Myosuit is currently marketed in Switzerland and Germany as a training device for rehabilitation and physiotherapy training.
Myosuit – MyoSwiss – Lengghalde 5, Zurich, Zurich 8008, CH, Switzerland – website
This product description has been provided courtesy of COST Action 16116 Wearable Robots – Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions – website
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