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“This product is designed to establish a pathway for signals that reach the muscles to cause a meaningful response through movement. This movement can be felt by the wearer and their brain, closing a loop of signals that is important in inducing neuroplasticity, necessary for healthy motor function. Various product adjustments are also available to medical professionals to help the wearer achieve their intended movements more easily or work on correcting abnormal signals through catered therapeutic exercises that go beyond walking.
HAL for Medical Use - Lower Limb Type, is cleared as a medical device in the EU to patients of Musculoskeletal Ambulation Disability Symptom Complex [= MADS], such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, cerebrovascular diseases, and other diseases of the brain and neuromuscular systems.
Like all other HAL systems, this product can be controlled by the wearer’s intent to move. The product’s non-invasive sensors can detect faint “bio-electrical signals” that reflect the wearer’s intention on the surface of their skin. Importantly, even for patients who have difficulty moving, this unique system allows them to perform their desired movements with their voluntary commands.
The product provides both the wearer and their healthcare provider with unique insight into the signal patterns generated by the wearer and essential information such as the center of balance and phases of the gait cycle. This information helps shape the treatment course that aims to maximize neuroplasticity and ultimately gain more independence.“