RT-600: Step And Stand Rehabilitation System
How does it work?
The aim of the RT 600 Standing and stepping programmes is to increase the percentage weight bearing capacity of your body through your legs with the use of electrical stimulation delivered to your leg muscles.
Functional electrical stimulation is delivered in a standing position through the use of a hoist and a reciprocal step and stand action is achieved. Electrical stimulation is delivered to the selected lower leg muscle groups.
You step or stand in the RT600 while secured in a comfortable supportive harness from the electrically powered lift with your feet are secured into the RT600's footplates using velcro straps. This arrangement allows you to support an adjustable amount of your body weight. This is called partial body weight supported stepping (or standing).
Typically you would build up to 1 hour sessions at least three times per week, but not more than once per day. Your clinician will prescribe the usage that is appropriate for you.
What do I need to do before I can be assessed to use the RT-600?
To make sure that the standing and/or stepping programmes are meaningful and successful for you, you will be required to stand three times per week for a 30-60 minute period, for 3-4 weeks prior to your assessment. This will help to condition your body’s tolerance to being upright for longer. Full/good range of motion is required in all of the joints in your legs. There are several factors to consider during the initial assessment which will determine whether the RT 600 will be suitable for you to use or not. A Risk Assessment will be completed to determine whether the RT600 is suitable for you at this time.
Before you can use this system, your body needs to be conditioned to using electrical stimulation in particular the RT 300 system. This means that in clinic you will be required to use the RT300 system for 21 sessions first. This is important as high levels of stimulation are required in your leg muscles during the standing or stepping programmes on the RT 600.
How can I benefit from using the RT-600?
- Improved cardiovascular endurance and vital capacity
- Improve balance and posture in sitting and standing
- Maintain and/or increases range of motion
- Aids in the prevention of joint contractures
- May reduce spasms
- May stimulate circulation
- May promote efficient bowel and bladder function
- Social and emotional element of being upright
Who can benefit from using the RT-600?
- Spinal cord injury with an ASIA A, B, C or D (Paraplegia, Tetraplegia)
- Brain Injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Stroke, Hemiplegia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Transverse Myelitis
- Cerebral Palsy