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Journal of Robotics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 348207, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/348207
Review Article

Gait Rehabilitation Device in Central Nervous System Disease: A Review

1Toyohashi University of Technology, Hibarigaoka 1-1, Tempaku-Cho, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8580, Japan
2Department of Physical Therapy, Toyohashi Sozo University School of Health Sciences, 20-1 Matsushita, Ushikawa-Cho, Toyohashi, Aichi 440-8511, Japan

Received 1 June 2011; Accepted 8 August 2011

Academic Editor: Haruhisa Kawasaki

Copyright © 2011 Kazuya Kubo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Central nervous system diseases cause the gait disorder. Early rehabilitation of a patient with central nervous system disease is shown to be benefit. However, early gait training is difficult because of muscular weakness and those elderly patients who lose of leg muscular power. In the patient's walking training, therapists assist the movement of patient's lower limbs and control the movement of patient's lower limbs. However the assistance for the movement of the lower limbs is a serious hard labor for therapists. Therefore, research into and development of various gait rehabilitation devices is currently underway to identify methods to alleviate the physical burden on therapists. In this paper, we introduced the about gait rehabilitation devices in central nervous system disease.