A wearable robotic device that helps lift the shoulders to support arm movements can make it easier for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to do daily tasks, a new study reports.

A wearable robotic device has shown promise in improving arm function for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a recent article on ALS News Today. The device, called the MyoSuit, is a soft robotic exoskeleton that can be worn on the arm and is designed to assist with movements that are typically impaired in ALS patients.

The MyoSuit is equipped with sensors that detect muscle activity in the arm, allowing it to provide support and assistance as needed. The device can be customized for each patient, with adjustments made to ensure the best possible fit and function. In a recent study, ALS patients who used the MyoSuit for eight weeks showed significant improvements in arm function, including increased strength and range of motion.

According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Peter Andersen, “The MyoSuit has the potential to improve quality of life for ALS patients by allowing them to perform activities that were previously difficult or impossible.” The device could also help to delay the progression of the disease by allowing patients to maintain muscle function and strength.

The MyoSuit is still in the early stages of development, but the promising results of the study suggest that it could be an important tool in the management of ALS. The device is also being studied for use in other neurological disorders, including stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Overall, the MyoSuit represents an exciting development in the field of wearable robotics and has the potential to improve the lives of many individuals living with ALS and other neurological conditions. Further research and development will be needed to fully realize the potential of this innovative technology.

Via The Impactlab