Patients suffering paralysis as a result of serious injuries to the spinal cord, in an extraordinary advance have regained their ability to move his legs again by training with an exoskeleton linked to your brain – one was even able to walk with crutches
Project walk again, whatever. was based in Sao Paulo, it was developed by scientists in order to help paraplegics to be able to walk using an exoskeleton directed by your thoughts. What has surprised scientists during training was that eight patients won their sense of touch and movement, but have serious spinal injuries.
Seven of the patients were considered as patients whose spines had been completely cut off. Analysts now believe that despite cut, nerves survived and revived during exercises, rewiring circuits in the brain
In the journal Scientific Reports, she said :. A patient who previously was not even able to stand by using braces, now patient is able to walk with a walker, braces or with the help of the therapist.
at this stage, while it is suspended surface, the patient was able to perform voluntary movements of the leg that mimicked walking. Another patient was able to walk with two crutches and lower orthosis member doing on their own without the help of the therapist.
Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, director of the Center for Neuroengineering Duke University in the US, said the total paralysis of these seven patients was promoted to ‘partial paralysis’. He also noted that improvement is yet to come.
also mentioned that analysts do not believe that this effect could be achieved and are now delighted to have succeeded in what they believe was a key ‘milestone’ in helping paraplegics.
During training, patients avatar controlled by computer with a “brain-machine interface” for a virtual reality. What direction forward or backward patients would think, the avatar would move as if her body. They use the same system to control a robot and then given an exoskeleton that could carry.
A young man suffering from paralysis from the chest down, symbolically began the tournament by a brain-machine interface and an exoskeleton at the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup FIFA in Brazil. It was evident that efforts had brilliant effects on your body
Dr. Nicolelis said it was surprising to them how long-term training with the brain-machine combined with different configurations :. In a stand-alone robot or controlled by the brain, in a virtual reality exoskeleton. All these neuronal achieve a partial improvement in all these patients, demonstrated by the recovery of the touch, partial, visceral motor and sensory functions.
Patients appear to be turned back and walked in his training as a result of activation of the spinal cord bark again and a regeneration of the periphery (the limbs). Patients returned to also take some degree of control over his bladder and the gazebo and had an improvement in their cardiovascular function so the risk of hypertension was reduced.
However, the scientific are not able to provide full technical improvement achieved as patients continue uncorrected. Dr. Nicolelis says that once patients with spinal problems are diagnosed complete paralysis, rehabilitation is primarily an adaptation to a wheelchair.
Scientists believe that this interface formation of sustained machine brain would not only lead to a recovery of patients, but serve as an important motivator for patients with injuries of the spinal cord around the world.
has been a challenge to work on this project over 15 years, the ideas first demonstrated in animals and prompting a revolutionary theories about how the brain works. Scientists “Walk Again Project,” which have a great impact on helping people walk again. The motivation for change of life for all of them is to see young adults walking for the first time.