Robotics & Technology
The human body has an incredible ability to adapt and rewire itself after a neurological injury. Neuro-rehabilitation fosters these changes in the body—called neuroplasticity—through repetitive, task-specific, and goal-oriented therapies.
New technologies are harnessing the power of neuroplasticity and enabling people to get more out of their rehabilitation. People with neurological injuries are reaching a level of function and independence they never thought possible.
At the Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation Center, we continue to research and implement the latest devices across the continuum of care. We are a leader in the use of neuro-robotics, which mimic normal human movements and adapt to support and challenge your specific abilities. Not only can neuro-robotics help you return to everyday activities, they can precisely and objectively measure your progress to keep you motivated and guide your rehabilitation.
Learn more about our technologies below.
As a patient at Barrow, your health and safety are our top priorities. If you have a neurological injury that affects your ability to feel or move parts of your body, you have an increased risk of developing pressure ulcers. Commonly known as bedsores, these wounds occur when pressure restricts blood circulation to an area of the skin. They can develop when you are lying in bed or sitting in a wheelchair, and they usually form in bony areas.
Our Inpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit utilizes beds with pressure-mapping technology to sense areas of the skin under prolonged pressure. Nurses can use the map to determine when and how to adjust your position and to teach you about pressure-sore prevention.
The Bioness H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System has been shown in clinical trials to help improve function, reduce muscle spasms, and re-educate muscles in the hand and forearm. You may benefit from the device if you have loss of function or muscle spasms in the hand due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or a neurological disorder like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
The battery-powered microprocessor, which can fit inside your pocket or purse, wirelessly sends a chosen level of electrical stimulation to the hand splint. The signals allow you to practice normal hand and finger movements so that you can re-educate your muscles to perform daily tasks.
Bioness BITS is designed to assess and challenge the physical, visual, auditory, and cognitive abilities of people with deficits resulting from a neurological injury. More specifically, it can help improve functions such as hand-eye coordination, depth perception, working memory, physical and cognitive endurance, and reaction time.
The system consists of a touch screen and miniature computer. Standardized tests assess your abilities and interactive programs adapt to your needs and offer increasing levels of difficulty.
The Bionik InMotion ARM is a robotic device that can help retrain your arm and hand if you have lost function after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. It focuses on improving range of motion, coordination, strength, movement speed, and movement smoothness.
Its intelligent and interactive technology continuously adapts to and challenges your abilities. It can increase the number of repetitions of movements you perform in therapy, allowing you to make the most of every session.
Ekso GT is a wearable robotic exoskeleton used for rehabilitation from a stroke or spinal cord injury. It can help you relearn the correct step patterns and weight shifts involved in walking. Ekso GT also enables you to increase the number of quality, consecutive steps during therapy. Your therapist can adjust the amount of power delivered to each side of your body to customize your therapy.
Whether you are unable to walk or have only minor walking problems, you may benefit from the device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved Ekso GT for home use.
The Indego is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that enables people to stand and walk after a spinal cord injury. It can be used in a rehabilitation setting for gait training or at home for greater independence.
The Indego is equipped with posture-based controls for an intuitive “lean forward, walk forward” experience. The device can provide full assistance to people with paralysis or various levels of assistance to those with some lower limb function. By adjusting the amount of support to each leg, your therapist can tailor gait training to your personal goals.
The Barrow Outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Center is the only facility in Arizona that has Indego specialists who are certified in both clinical- and personal-use training.
The Myomo MyoPro is a robotic arm brace designed to restore function in weak or partially paralyzed arms and hands. It is used for a wide range of neurological conditions, including spinal cord injury, stroke, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis.
The MyoPro can help you perform daily activities such as feeding, reaching, and lifting. It works by continuously monitoring and sensing—but not stimulating—even very weak muscle signals. When you initiate a movement, the sensors in the brace detect the signals and provide the amount of assistance necessary.
The Olympus Digital Swallow Station features fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), a conservative procedure used by speech-language pathologists to assess the strength and function of the muscles in the throat involved in swallowing. These muscles can be affected by a brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neurological conditions.
FEES involves passing a small camera through one of your nostrils and down to the lower jaw or sometimes the vocal cords. It provides the therapist with a direct view of the anatomy involved in swallowing while you eat and drink so that they can identify difficulties to address in therapy.
The RAPAEL Smart Glove is a device used to restore forearm, hand, wrist, and finger function after a stroke. Strapped around the hand and wrist like a glove, the device provides assistance and records your progress as you practice everyday tasks.
The Smart Glove is used in conjunction with game-like exercises that simulate everyday movements to keep you motivated and challenged during rehabilitation.
Tyromotion DIEGO is a robotic device designed to help restore function in the arm and shoulder. The adjustable arm slings are controlled by overhead motors and ropes. They keep your arms suspended, making them lighter and easier to move for more repetitions.
The device is well-suited for relearning specific tasks with its interactive games and incorporation of objects. DIEGO utilizes virtual reality to support cognitive rehabilitation, stimulate neuroplasticity in the brain, and help you apply your therapy to everyday life.
Our Vestibular Suite includes a computerized balance system called the SMART Balance Master. Your therapist can manipulate the walls and floor of the system while you perform tasks on a computer screen to assess your sense of balance. They can also use the system to treat balance problems related to a concussion, a stroke, or an inner ear problem.
Your therapist will adjust the walls and floor of the system while you perform tasks on a computer screen. The system provides your therapist with real-time visual feedback.
Our Vestibular Suite is also equipped with RealEyes video Frenzel goggles, which allow your therapist to identify abnormal eye movements related to an inner ear problem, a concussion, or another neurological condition. By tracking these eye movements, your therapist can design and advance your treatment plan appropriately.
The Zeno Walkway detects and collects pressure data as you walk upon it, identifying walking difficulties that need to be addressed in therapy. The data shows details about your step length and symmetry, foot placement, walking speed, and balance. The walkway takes more than 100 measurements per second and can be used with or without an assistive device, like a walker or cane.
By providing information about the quality and efficiency of your movements, the Zeno Walkway can be a beneficial training tool for walking performance. It also captures your movements on video so that you can see what you’ve accomplished from your initial evaluation to your discharge from the hospital.