Rehab centre which offers new hope launched

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By John Isaac

Human Resources Minister, M. Kula Segaran today launched Malaysia's first Neuro-Robotics Rehabilitation & Cybernics Centre at the Tun Razak Rehabilitation Centre (TRRC) in Malacca.

A collaboration between Socso and Cyberdyne Incorporated Japan, the centre is equipped with state-of-the-art neurorobotic technology known as the HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Robot Suit.

It is currently the largest Cybernics treatment centre out of Japan, equipped with 24 units of HAL Robot Suits and is also the fourth centre to be established in the world (after Japan, Germany and the US) and the first in Asean.

The cybernic treatment is a revolutionary robot treatment system to assist a person with paralysis or weakening limbs due to injury or disorder to the central nervous system such as spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases to regain the ability to walk.

It helps regenerate the patient’s own brain-neuro-physical functions through the signals interaction between the human and robot. 

This in turn, accelerates the learning process of signals from the brain that enables muscles to move the paralysed leg, resulting in dramatic changes in patient’s mobility functions.

The Cyberdyne HAL treatment supports early stage rehabilitation by providing intensive, task-oriented and repetitive training to the patients. This way, the treatment will facilitate faster and greater recovery.

Since November 2018, a total 100 patients or Socso insured persons have undergone Cyberdyne HAL rehabilitation treatment. Most of these patients suffered from spinal cord injury or stroke.

The Cyberdyne HAL technology will provide a boost to SOCSO’s Return to Work Programme.