In what could be a welcomed news for partially paralyzed patients, researchers have developed a machine which can restore some mobility in their bodies.

A Japanese research team has developed a machine that could potentially restore the walking ability of partially paralyzed stroke victims. Called the GaitMaster 5, the machine has motion platforms that can move a patient’s feet both forward to create a walking stride, and upward to simulate stair climbing.

While the machine controls every movement initially, it can be tweaked to allow more free movement once the patient regains some muscle memory. The Gaitmaster 5 was tested on two partially paralyzed patients, successfully restoring some muscle memory on the paralytic sides of their bodies.

UP YOUR QUOTA FOR JUST $15 A MONTH
PSFK’s Premium Subscription provides access to a database of over 100,000 articles featuring new ideas, interviews, analysis and opinion on the latest innovation in brand, customer and retail experience.
Already a subscriber? Log in
(powered by Wallkit)