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Innovative Advances in Robotic Neurorehabilitation: The Success of the MOVEX LIVING LAB

Avances Innovadores en Neurorrehabilitación Robótica: El Éxito del MOVEX LIVING LAB

In the dynamic world of medical technology, each step forward is a stride toward a better quality of life for those facing health challenges. In this context, we are pleased to share the progress achieved during the first year of work at the MOVEX LIVING LAB, the pioneering global laboratory for the design and development of robotic neurorehabilitation therapies, founded and led by Gogoa Mobility Robots in Euskadi.


Since its inception, the MOVEX LIVING LAB has been a beacon of innovation, attracting international attention due to its pioneering advancements and commitment to progress in the field of neurorehabilitation. Throughout this inaugural year of operations, we have achieved significant milestones that are redefining the landscape of neurological rehabilitation.


One of the most notable achievements has been a deeper understanding of the interaction between the individual and the exoskeleton, enabling the incorporation of new functionalities. Among these is the ability to control step-by-step gait, with the flexibility to adjust the waiting time between each step. This advancement represents a quantum leap in the customization of rehabilitation, adapting to the individual needs of each patient.


Furthermore, we have incorporated olfactory stimulation as an integral component of our therapies. Carefully selected citrus aromas have been shown to have beneficial effects on neuronal function, accelerating the recovery process. This integration of aromatherapy into our clinical practices reflects our commitment to adopting holistic and scientifically supported approaches to neurorehabilitation.


Likewise, neuroactive music has played a fundamental role in our therapy sessions. This music, carefully designed to enhance communication between the brain and muscles, has proven to be a powerful tool for improving neurological rehabilitation outcomes. Scientific research supports this claim, highlighting the positive effects of music on brain plasticity and motor function.

Our commitment to innovation is also reflected in the development of new systems for vagus nerve stimulation, which will soon be available on the market. These advancements represent a step forward in our mission to provide comprehensive solutions for neurorehabilitation, addressing the complexities of neurological recovery from multiple perspectives.


In addition to these innovations, we have further improved our HANK exoskeleton with the integration of sensorized insoles and accelerometers. These devices allow for a more active interaction of the user with the exoskeleton, effectively engaging them in the rehabilitation process. This cutting-edge technology not only enhances the effectiveness of our therapies but also accelerates recovery times and improves overall rehabilitation outcomes.


In conclusion, the MOVEX LIVING LAB has proven to be a beacon of innovation and scientific excellence in the field of robotic neurorehabilitation. As we move forward into the future, we are committed to continuing to lead the way in the pursuit of transformative solutions to enhance the lives of those facing neurological challenges.

 

Scientific References:


Bavarsad, N. H., Bagheri, S., Kourosh-Arami, M., & Komaki, A. (2023). Aromatherapy for the brain: Lavender’s healing effect on epilepsy, depression, anxiety, migraine, and Alzheimer’s disease: A review article. Heliyon9(8), e18492. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e18492


Evancho, A., Tyler, W. J., & McGregor, K. (2023). A review of combined neuromodulation and physical therapy interventions for enhanced neurorehabilitation. Frontiers in human neuroscience17.https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2023.1151218


Galińska, E. (2015). Music therapy in neurological rehabilitation settings. Psychiatria polska49(4), 835–846. https://doi.org/10.12740/pp/25557


Martial, C., Poirrier, A.-L., Pottier, L., Cassol, H., Mortaheb, S., Panda, R., Lopez, M., Perrin, T., Boilevin, A., Gosseries, O., & Laureys, S. (2023). From nose to brain: The effect of lemon inhalation observed by whole brain voxel to voxel functional connectivity. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior165, 119–128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2023.04.012


Sowndhararajan, K., & Kim, S. (2016). Influence of fragrances on human psychophysiological activity: With special reference to human electroencephalographic response. Scientia Pharmaceutica84(4), 724–751. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm84040724


Ueda, K., Horita, T., & Suzuki, T. (2023). Effects of inhaling essential oils of Citrus limonum L., Santalum album, and Cinnamomum camphora on human brain activity. Brain and Behavior13(2). https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.2889

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