Exoskeletons have proven to be amazing tools in the recovery process for people with spinal cord injuries, allowing many of us to stand and walk but would you use an exoskeleton that allowed you to crawl? The scientists at ExoPlus Solutions want to know.
Mitch Brogan, the founder of ExoPlus Solutions and Able Bionics Foundation, is quadriplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury. His motivation in developing the ExoPlus is very personal.
“After a spinal cord injury left me quadriplegic, I could have benefited from being able to crawl again. There were no technologies to help me crawl again, only walk. And crawling on my own on mats only ended up with me getting severe skin wounds afterwards. I created ExoPlus Solutions and designed the ExoPlus Move to be the solution me and many others have been waiting for.”Mitch Brogan, founder ExoPlus
Why Exoskeleton Crawling?
Mitch’s thinking is that crawling is the natural progression of the human being moving towards walking in an upright position. Most babies crawl before they learn how to walk so wouldn’t it make sense to replicate that process as part of the recovery process after spinal cord injury? Also, some studies point to the possibility for recovery of a partial spinal cord injury, using quadrupedal exercises. Lastly, an exoskeleton that can move in all these positions would provide greater autonomy for the user. Such a device could aid in assisted stretching, crouch to stand motions, and allow more independence for a person with limited lower body mobility.
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