What to Expect During Robotic Assisted Locomotor Training
At Gillette, RobALT therapy sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes. Most kids can walk for at least 30 minutes during each appointment.
The frequency of sessions on the Lokomat depend on your child’s physical therapy needs—two or three times per week is typical. RobALT therapy is intensive, so your child must plan to attend all scheduled sessions.
During RobALT therapy on the Lokomat:
- Your child uses a harness that connects to an overhead suspension system and treadmill.
- A physical therapist positions your child’s legs in robotic leg braces that connect to a frame.
- A physical therapist adjusts the amount of weight that your child must support with their legs and how much help the robotic leg braces provide as your child walks on the treadmill. As adjustments are made, physical therapists help your child get used to the different levels of training.
- The Lokomat moves your child’s legs in a walking pattern.
- The Lokomat at Gillette features interactive games and virtual reality activities that can help entertain and motivate your child.
Following sessions on the Lokomat, your child should participate in any at-home activities suggested by a physical therapist. After RobALT therapy is complete, we schedule a follow-up visit with your child.