REX is a hands-free robotic mobility device for rehabilitation. Designed for people with limited mobility, REX is completely self-supporting and can adjust quickly to each user. REX lifts patients from a sitting position into a robot-supported standing position, allowing them to take part in a set of supported walking and stretching exercises designed by specialist physiotherapists.
REX limits the burden on therapists during manual handling and reduces the amount of help required to assist patients who are undergoing standing therapy.
Wheelchair users are at risk of developing numerous medical complications from extended periods of sitting. By enabling them to spend more time standing, walking and receiving therapy, REX may offer significant health benefits.
“I use REX in my rehabilitation centers because it can take the user through a range of active assisted movements and can be used as part of a rehabilitation program for patients with spinal cord injury and hemiplegia arising from stroke or a traumatic brain injury.”Jon Graham, CEO PhysioFunction, Expert Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Technology Witness, United Kingdom
Shannon Henry was left paralyzed after a tragic car accident that also claimed the life of a close family friend. Three years later, with REX’s help, she walked again at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. See her first steps in this video by Click on Detroit.
Enable Me President Mike Laky worked alongside REX Bionics’ inventor in a demonstration at Florida Atlantic University on Feb. 15. The demonstration included first steps from Shawn Friedkin, who was paralyzed in a car accident in 1992. “To be able to stand and walk around, and feel like I’m tall …” Friedkin said, “I want to use it every day.”
Enable Me met Janine Goldberg, who has a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury (T-12 complete), during a recent demonstration at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, Calif. Following is a note we received the next day from Janine’s mom:
What awesome pics! Seeing Janine standing up is as truly awesome for me and my family as it is for her, as shown by her smiles! She had been waiting for that moment for 8 months. It would be phenomenal if she could get her own REX, a dream come true. It warms my heart and offers such hope to think that Janine and the many others in her dire situation could get some relief. Thank you for that shiny Tuesday morning ray of hope! Andreina Goldberg
Let us introduce you to a hero: Life changed for Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo, Ret., in 2008 during a combat operation in Afghanistan. His detachment was ambushed and a gunshot wound to the back of the neck left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Today, Camargo and his wife have opened Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, the nation’s first wounded warrior-owned recovery center. The Tampa organization is a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans and civilians coping with spinal cord injuries. After we met Camargo at the Mayor’s Alliance luncheon last fall, we visited him at the Stay in Step center and introduced him to our REX exoskeleton.