FAQ

What does the abbreviation HAL® mean?
HAL stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb. The device can be set to act to varying degrees as an auxiliary equipment depending on the intent of movement, impulse and mobility (specific for each patient).
How does HAL® work?
If a man wants to make a move, the brain sends appropriate signals to the muscles through the spinal cord. These are the so-called “myoelectric impulses” that can be received by the HAL in patients with the preserved sensation through electrodes placed directly on the skin. HAL recognizes the intent of movement sent by the patient and sustains it. This means that the patient during therapy with neuromuscular biofeedback is not moved passively, but independently induces the corresponding support of the bionic HAL skeleton through own, minimum muscle activity.
Can a quadriplegic also participate in therapy?
Generally yes, because the height at which the spinal cord was damaged is not decisive. It is important that minimum values of the muscle activity can be read in the muscles of the lower limbs. However, the stability of the trunk and/or minimum functionality of the arms definitely facilitate the therapy.
What can be achieved with the help of therapy with neuromuscular biofeedback?
The progress achieved during training is individual for each patient, dependent on the type of illness, general health, etc. At the beginning of therapy, together with the doctor and physiotherapist, the patient is set individual destination which is sought later. We can expect progress (success), but it may vary according to the patient: increased walking speed, reduced need to use auxiliary (trolley), improved sensation of the skin, reduced excessive spasticity, decreased neuropathic pain, increased muscle mass (reconstruction).
Can I participate in therapy if I have a catheter?
A catheter can be worn during training (it is not a contraindication), but the first training will answer whether you cope with this during training.
Can I continue my therapy, current rehabilitation (exercise, physical therapy) parallel to the HAL® therapy?
Naturally, in the case of stationary stay in our Rehabilitation Centre, we offer all-day, comprehensive individual program of activities covering the full range of therapies. If you decide to limit only to the HAL treatment at our facility, you can continue rehabilitation at the current location.
How long does one HAL® session last?
HAL therapy last for about two hours, including the time of preparation and treatment before and after exercises.
What should I bring to the therapy?
HAL therapy can be roughly compared to exercises with a physiotherapist. Please bring comfortable clothing on the upper body and socks, we provide pants suitable for the therapy. If you support with orthoses while walking, please bring them with you.

Where can I live during the therapy? Do you provide accommodation?
We will be happy to welcome you to the stationary treatment – six 1-person and 2-person rooms are available to patients directly in the rehabilitation centre.
If patients choose other accommodation, they can come to us on therapy. For more details, please contact us at the address info@constancecare.pl

How can I apply to the HAL® therapy?
If you are interested in our HAL® system therapy, you can contact our Centre in the following way:
– by phone at the number 22 111 00 57,
– by mail at the address info@constancecare.pl or
– by application form on our websites www.constancecare.pl and www.want2walk.com

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