ExoAtlet completely copies a person’s natural walk by helping them to walk automatically. But this does not mean that the whole process is automatic and doesn’t involve any input from the wearer. Moving in an exoskeleton can be compared to driving a motorbike. Getting used to controlling it and learning again to keep your balance and take your first step can take from several hours up to several days of training. This has to take place in a medical facility, where the exoskeleton is regulated according to the wearer’s individual needs (the height of the back, width of the hips, length and proportions of the legs). It has to be monitored by doctors, who will run a full range of medical tests on the pilot before training begins. If the patient decides to continue training at home with their own ExoAtlet® Personal, medical staff will continue to monitor the rehabilitation process remotely via data recorded by the robot.
In some cases, if the spinal cord is not completely damaged and the injury was sustained relatively recently, there is a chance that disability can be avoided. But this window of opportunity is not long: the sooner a person returns to an upright position and takes their first step with the help of ExoAtlet, the higher the chance of restoring their motor function and returning them to their previous way of life
For those who have completely lost their motor function, ExoAtlet is a partial replacement for a wheelchair (but it should be noted that you will not spend day after day in the construction), and an effective means of rehabilitation. Regular training sessions can not only be a substitute for three physiotherapy sessions, they improve the quality of life of paralysed people. The human body is not made to constantly sit, and the most ordinary, natural way of walking that becomes possible thanks to the exoskeleton has impressive results. Lung ventilation improves, blood pressure stabilises, joint flexibility is increased. Urinary tract infections disappear, nourishment of muscles and internal organs is restored, and bowel function improves significantly. And these are just the physiological effects of using an exoskeleton.
There is also an emotional and psychological effect, which is no less important. Paralysed people who have been sitting at home for years feel better once they have the opportunity to leave the house and go somewhere that was previously inaccessible for them. They acquire new strength. Their attitude to the world changes once they can again socialise on an equal footing, when they again see the world from full height. This is the “new level of freedom” to which ExoAtlet pilots refer, which they experience when they put on the metal suit and become a superhero. Their eyes sparkle with the desire to live. On their back is not just a control system of electronics and a battery, but almost a pair of wings.