Austria : Robot therapy for stroke victims

There are 20,000 stroke victims per year in Austria, and some 15 million worldwide. In 80% of these cases, damage to the central nervous system reduces motor functions. Improved therapeutic treatment raises the quality of life, and can even lead to a return to work in some cases.

Robot-supported movement therapy has the potential to shorten therapy times and to raise the quality of the results. The Amadeo Hand Therapy System is an innovative rehabilitation device for patients with motor disorders in the hand and fingers. This new therapy robot, which was developed by Tyromotion GmbH in cooperation with Graz University of Technology, and specialists and therapists from the Judendorf-Straßengel clinic, features integrated interactive software and draws on the latest findings in neurology. Its function is based on neuroplasticity - the brain’s basic ability to reorganise - allowing intact brain areas to take over the tasks of damaged areas, through targeted stimulation of the intact areas. It is the first robot to be able to work on the complex area of movement of the fingers. Task based therapy modules and immediate biofeedback create high attention and motivation for the patients and helps them to perform to the limits of their individual motor and sensory performance levels. This project was awarded the 2008 Austrian State Prize 2008 for engineering consulting. The jury recognised the added value and quality of life that this patented invention can offer to remedy a growing problem in society, and also the inter-disciplinary collaboration of the team that designed and built it.

Tyromotion GmbH