- About us
- Our expertise
- Patients and visitors
- Become an affiliated Doctor
Developed by Belgian start-up Axinesis, REAplan technology is a robotic-assisted medical device designed to interact with patients and mobilise their upper limbs for improved motor function recovery.
Patients hold onto an end effector, which is similar to a joystick, in order to move their arms in a horizontal plane; the intensity, strength and speed can all be adjusted.
REAplan technology is primarily for brain damaged patients who are receiving inpatient neurorehabilitation care. However, it can also be used in patients with other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
In some cases, particularly after shoulder replacement surgery, REAplan may be recommended for inpatients who need orthopaedic rehabilitation.
REAplan is tailored to each patient’s motor deficits and continuously adapts to their performance and recovery progress. It has three different modes:
• Active mode: assistance that helps the patient to maintain a trajectory, however the device does not help the patient to move along this trajectory.
• Active-passive mode: assistance that helps the patient to maintain and move along a trajectory.
• Passive mode: full assistance, where the device performs all movements and fully guides the patient’s limb.
The device is also equipped with a large flat screen that provides patients with valuable audio-visual feedback.
A second screen allows therapists to configure exercises and increase their difficulty and length. It also provides therapists with access to a detailed dashboard where they can monitor the progress of each patient as well as the quality of their movements.
Clinique Valmont is currently the only facility in Switzerland to offer therapy with the REAplan robot.
REAplan works on the principle of neuroplasticity, which is incredibly important for regaining motor function after a stroke. A stroke permanently damages and kills neurons in the brain, leading to long-lasting problems for patients. However, we now know that the brain has plasticity: the remaining neurons have the ability to reorganise themselves, form new connections and, as a result, compensate for deficits caused by the stroke. Intensely repeating certain movements leads to neuroplasticity at the injury site, helping to retrain the brain and aid motor recovery.
REAplan technology makes it possible for patients to perform up to 1,000 movements during a single therapy session, therefore offering highly intensive rehabilitation compared to conventional occupational therapy.