Image: The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES with three wheels and a black seat; Copyright: HASE BIKES

New LEPUS E from HASE BIKES: Comfort Trike with Electric Start Assist

17/08/2022

The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES is ideal for people with leg-strength issues. It features a start-assist function, that gets the wheels rolling without pedaling and accelerates the trike to 6 km/h (4 mph). Besides this start assist with motor power it offers a delta trike with full suspension and accessories for every need and purpose.
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Travelite transport chair: Lightweight travel companion

15/08/2022

The Travelite transport chair by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers convenience to travelers by folding and transporting in a carry bag. A lightweight design of only 9.3 kg and compact dimensions make it easy to transport, while the soft seat and backrest provide comfort.
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Image: A person wearing white gloves fixing the mechanism of a prosthetic leg with a screwdriver; Copyright: Pressmaster

Soft robotic prosthetics for diabetic amputees

15/08/2022

American Institute of Physics scientists are developing a new type of prosthesis based on microfluidics-assisted soft robotics that promises to significantly reduce skin ulcers and pain in patients who have had to undergo amputations between the ankle and knee due to diabetes.
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Photo: a man stands with his arms outstretched in a factory hall to present an exoskeleton on his back; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Preventing work-related injuries: exoskeletons curb repetitive stress injuries

28/07/2022

Lifting boxes above head height, repositioning a bedridden patient, or assembling heavy components in production - many work-related activities go along with monotonous postures or repetitive lifting. Exoskeletons can reduce strain and prevent long-term musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.
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Photo: a young man tests an exoskeleton by descending a staircase during REHACARE. Several people are indistinct in the background; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Exoskeletons for prevention and therapy

28/07/2022

Exoskeletons are constantly evolving and are increasingly finding their way into prevention and therapy. In this month's Topic of the Month, we look at how they help protect people from physical harm at work and how they can be used in therapy!
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Photo: a person helps another person wearing an exoskeleton; Copyright: Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Exoskeletons in rehabilitation

28/07/2022

A stroke or an accident are life-changing events since many survivors experience limitations of mobility. Not all patients regain full mobility with subsequent rehabilitation. Some physical restrictions may persist, making adaptive equipment and assistive technologies necessary. Exoskeleton use in rehabilitation shows promise for better treatment results.
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Photo: View of an upper body and a right arm to which the wearable textile exomuscle is attached; Copyright: ETH Zurich / Florian Haufe

ETH Zurich develops wearable exomuscle

27/07/2022

A wearable exomuscle made of textile has been developed at ETH Zurich to give people with limited mobility more strength and endurance in the upper body. The first prototype was tested in a promising study. Now the product will be further tested and improved in order to successfully bring it to the market.
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Ottobock

Spasticity Management: The New Exopulse Mollii Suit

26/07/2022

Reduces spasticity, relieves pain, improves mobility: The Exopulse Mollii Suit is the world’s first neuromodulation suit that enables people with neurological conditions to enjoy a more active daily lifestyle. Daniel Hublitz knows how the suit works and who can benefit from it. He knows about the demands and requirements the new assistive medical device must meet.
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Photo: Dr. Sandroff monitors a research participant in the Exercise Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory at Kessler Foundation; Copyright: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks

Multiple sclerosis management: Scientists advocate for further research on exercise training

25/07/2022

A Kessler Foundation team found out that a rigorous design of randomized controlled trials provided evidence of the neuroprotective effects of exercise training in people with multiple sclerosis.
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Photo: Two eldery people are moving to the sounds of the THERA-music app. Two caretakers accompany them; Copyright: THERA-Trainer

Rehabilitation through music: THERA-music app supports movement therapy

20/07/2022

The medical technology company THERA-Trainer and the Max Planck spin-off JYMMiN have developed the app THERA-music to promote motor learning processes in age-related diseases.
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Photo: Man sitting in a wheelchair to which the Empulse StreetJet traction device is attached. In the background: a mountain landscape; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Ready to go in a flash: the new Empulse StreetJet traction device

18/07/2022

The new Empulse StreetJet traction device from Sunrise Medical features a patented "One Touch" docking mechanism, various pneumatic tire options and other advanced solutions to promote effortless progress for wheelchair users.
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Tover

Tover's new music game gets people with dementia moving

13/07/2022

When today's elderly people were young, they listened to the hits from the fifties and sixties. That is why Tover is now launching their newest game "Music Hits". Marije, game developer at Tover, says: "Music is a very powerful tool for elderly people with dementia."
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Photo: A small child sits on the floor and plays with a building block train; Copyright: University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki

A smart jumpsuit tracks infants' motor development

11/07/2022

New wearable technology creates new possibilities for assessing the neurological development of young children. Early motor assessment is essential for supporting the early detection of neurodevelopmental problems and their therapeutic interventions.
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Photo: A woman is riding her PINO CARGO down a street. A Porter Bag is attached at the front of the bike, in the lower bicycle rack there is a beverage crate; Copyright: HASE BIKES

HASE BIKES

PINO CARGO: The new tandem bike suitable for various needs

06/07/2022

The PINO CARGO from HASE BIKES shows how easy it can be to live without a car. It offers exceptionally good cycling mobility for couples and young families. With its reclining seat in the front, adults as well as children can be seated comfortably. At the same time, the lower porter rack allows for transportation of heavier things.
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Photo: Dr. Carly Wender supervises a research participant in a VR exercise training study at Kessler Foundation; Copyright: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks

Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks

Multiple Sclerosis: Virtual reality may effectively support traditional rehabilitation

04/07/2022

By increasing sensory input and promoting multisensory processing, virtual reality may increase the effectiveness of traditional cognitive rehabilitation and exercise training in individuals with MS, according to Kessler Foundation researchers.
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Photo: an inclusive sailboat with a man in front and a woman behind. The woman is missing her arms and steers with her feet; Copyright: Andrea Francolini-www.afrancolini.com

Andrea Francolini-www.afrancolini.com

Inclusion in water sports: "Disability is no longer an issue once you get in the boat"

13/06/2022

What does inclusive sailing entail? Just ask Elke Paatz. She practically grew up on a sailboat and has become disabled as the result of a sports accident. Paatz is the contact person for inclusive (adaptive) sailing on behalf of the German Sailing Federation (German: Deutscher Segler Verband), DSV.
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Photo: a man in a wheelchair on a promenade at the beach; Copyright: seventyfourimages

seventyfourimages

The joy of water sports includes people with disabilities

27/05/2022

Water sports such as diving, sailing, or kiteboarding evoke a feeling of freedom! You don’t have to travel the five oceans of the world to get in on the fun. Depending on the type of sport, your local man-made lake or public swimming pool can also do the trick.
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Photo: Beach wheelchair on the Caribbean beach; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Leisure, sports and travel

27/05/2022

For most people, the thought of water is associated with relaxation. A day at or on the sea, boating, swimming or water sports. But what of this is possible if you are in a wheelchair, for example? We can reveal a few things. Read more in our Topic of the Month!
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ezyGain S.A.S.

One step at a time – With ema, the smart treadmill for gait rehabilitation

02/09/2021

The overall goal of rehabilitation is to – literally – get patients (back) on their feet and provide professionally guided training to regain mobility and strength. However, some people find walking on a treadmill boring after a while.
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Marie Stock

Marie Stock – That's how she rolls

25/08/2021

Somehow you always get there, sometimes it just takes a little longer. Marie Stock can tell you a thing or two about it: She wore seven corsets over the years until she had her scoliosis surgically corrected. Today she uses her new mobility for cycling. What this has to do with the biggest challenge of her life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman in red tricot on a racing bike – Denise Schindler; Copyright: Jo Splice

Jo Splice

Denise Schindler – That's how she rolls

11/08/2021

This year, she will be competing for Germany at the Paralympics: Denise Schindler is a successful full-blooded athlete. Logically, a good training plan and good prostheses have an important place in her life. How prostheses can be improved, which motto accompanies her through life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a man – Marcel Michitsch – posing in a field with his motorbike; Copyright: Moritz Gerthausen

Moritz Gerthausen

Marcel Michitsch – That's how he rolls

24/03/2021

Marcel Michitsch's hobby is loud and dirty: He is an enduro rider and spends every free minute off-road on his motorbike. Man and machine fight their way through routes of up to 80 kilometres in length – it's less about speed and more about endurance. Why he was used to challenges even before his hobby and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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privat

Julia Porzelt – That's how she rolls

10/03/2021

Julia Porzelt is a team athlete: together with her horses Dainty and Bruno, she is internationally successful in dressage. She never gets bored: besides intensive training, she goes jogging and works with her retriever dog Feline – her assistance dog in training. Which celebrities she would like to train with and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Close-up of the lower body of a user who is currently driving with spike over a gravel road; Copyright: Exero Technologies

Exero Technologies

Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike

29/10/2020

Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
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Photo collage: Girl with WalkAide 2.0 goes for a walk with a dog. Boy with WalkAide walks on a path. Man with NeuGait walks down stairs; Copyright: Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Pro Walk: Overcoming foot drop one step at a time

24/09/2020

Safe walking without tripping or falling is challenging for people with foot drop. Luckily there are technologies that provide active support by using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Pro Walk GmbH delivers these types of foot drop systems. How do these devices allow users to complete everyday tasks? REHACARE.com asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology

10/06/2020

Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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novapace

Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25/07/2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28/09/2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12/02/2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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