How To Help Reduce Spasticity Wheelchair Disabled
Spasticity can be difficult to manage and as it can vary a great deal between different people there is not one solution as to what can help – if you have a spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy then spasticity is common. One of the main ways to help reduce spasticity as a wheelchair user is to maintain fitness, exercise and stretch. Tiring the muscles and keeping them a loose as possible will help.
Exercise and stretching helps reduce spasticity – using great equipment makes this easier.
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Invictus Active Trainer – from £799
Any serious wheelchair bound athlete needs to maintain upper body strength but this is also the case for the everyday use of a wheelchair, being stronger helps. The Invictus Active Trainer can help you assist the athlete to meet these needs. Designed to mimic a real road race, the athlete simply places the wheels of their wheelchair on the rotating bars at the top of the ramp. This design also allows the capability to work each arm individually.
The trainer’s main purpose is to help the person’s state of fitness, plus balance – and the exercise in turn will help reduce spasticity wheelchair. The four rollers work independently which is what allows the individual to work each arm individually. Speed, distance, and heart rate can also be monitored with the use of the smart model.
YouBike – from £1395
Used by rehabilitation therapists and individuals across the globe if who have suffered spinal cord injury you can maintain lower body muscle tone with regular exercise utilising the YouBike. This ingenious design can be used with or without a wheelchair. The hand crank and foot pedals are connected via a drive belt allowing the legs to be exercised as the patient turns the hand crank. This exercise is vital to help maintain circulation and decrease any leg cramping the patient may be experiencing.
The light weight design of this bike allows you to treat patients in just about any setting, including in bed. The built in computer display will help you and your patient keep track of vital information such as calories burned. If you experience spasticity in the legs then this really will help, getting the blood flow and leg muslces moving will tire them out and help reduce the contractions.
Berkel Bike – from £6995
The Berkel Bike in an innovative hand-cycle that allows a wheelchair bound patient the freedom of independence. However, the bike can also be used by people who have only other impairments, such as balance, or by healthy individuals who simply enjoy the kind of workout they get from a recumbent style tricycle.
This bike comes in several styles which include a complete tricycle, as an attachment for a person’s personal wheelchair, and even a more stationary at home model. For anyone who has lost complete use of their lower limbs a “functional electrical stimulation”, or FES, can be added to the system. The FES software program can recognize the position of the individual’s legs and provide stimulation, causing muscle contraction, at just the right moments. The result of course is coordinated hand and leg movements which propel the bike forward. There is no greater way to give yourelf both the physical and emotional care needed to help ensure as complete a recovery as possible and to maintain long term fitness.