Photo: The booth of ReWalk with many exoskeletons and visitors at the fair REHACARE 2019. Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Constanze Tillmann

German Federal Social Court Schedules Hearing on Classification of Exoskeleton Medical Devices

26/09/2022

ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for people with lower extremity disabilities, has announced that the German Federal Social Court is scheduling a hearing on the classification of exoskeleton medical devices for people with spinal cord injuries.
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First inclusive E-Kart Slalom Trophy with final round at the Lausitzring

21/09/2022

A total of 17 participants traveled to the Lausitzring for the finale of the inclusive E-Kart Slalom Trophy. The race offered young people with and without disability the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in direct competition.
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Photo: Caregiver clapping and moving together with elderly people in a retirement home; Copyright: seventyfourimages

Music helps patients with dementia connect with loved ones

19/09/2022

A Northwestern Medicine study shows that novel music intervention sparks emotional connection between patients and caregivers. Music memories remain in brain after patients lose language and other memories. During the intervention, many patients started to play, sing and dance together with their partners, which was a significant change for the family.
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Photo: Man rides trike over a green meadow and steers with the Hands-On-Cycle; Copyright: HP Velotechnik

New, compact handbike: Hands-On-Cycle from HP VELOTECHNIK

19/09/2022

The company HP VELOTECHNIK presents a completely new development in the field of handbikes with the Hands- On-Cycle. With its fully enclosed chain guide and a small turning radius it turns sporty trikes into an everyday handbike for people with disability.
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Photo: People get advice at a stand at REHACARE; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Choose, touch, and try out products – experience REHACARE live and in-person again in 2022

12/09/2022

You’re probably familiar with this scenario: You order a fabulous piece of clothing or shoes online, only to be terribly disappointed when the item arrives but doesn’t fit. It’s an all-too-familiar problem for people with disabilities who depend on these resources. Whether it’s a mobility aid or adapted car, the device must be customized to fit the needs of the individual to provide support.
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Photo: Trade fair visitors walking through an exhibition hall at REHACARE in Düsseldorf; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Constanze Tillmann

BRSNW Sports Center at REHACARE 2022: Finally experiencing the world of parasports again

07/09/2022

In the exhibition hall 7A the sport center of the Behinderten- und Rehabilitationssportverbandes e.V. (BRSNW) presents its new hall concept at REHACARE 2022. A mobile ski runway, PowerPlay Events in the eSport range and fun in the Soccer-Ei are only one selection of various offers.
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Photo: a wheelchair is loaded into a car at REHACARE. Visitors watch; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

No way too far – mobile by car

29/08/2022

Not everyone likes cars and for some they are an environmental sin. But for people with disabilities, they can be helpful and represent mobility, participation and new opportunities. After all, anyone with a mobility impairment doesn't always want to be dependent on others. In the Topic of the Month, we show examples of vehicle conversions that provide more freedom.
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Photo: RVs parked in front of a lakeshore at sunset; Copyright: CreativeNature_nl/envato.

CreativeNature_nl/envato

Living a self-determined life: accessible travel around the world

29/08/2022

Get in your camper to get away: Each year, thousands of Germans make this dream come true as is evidenced by the number of current new registrations of camper vans, travel trailers and recreational vehicles. Standard models often include many practical features - but unfortunately, accessible solutions are still few and far between.
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Image: An older person is sitting on a bench in nature, reading a book; Copyright: NomadSoul1

Which leisure activities are linked to lower risk of dementia?

22/08/2022

Leisure activities, such as reading a book, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends, may help lower the risk of dementia, according to a new meta-analysis published in the August 10, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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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: 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 person wearing the Exopulse Mollii Suit hugs another person grinning broadly; Copyright: Ottobock

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: 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: 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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Photo: a man in a wheelchair on a promenade at the beach; Copyright: seventyfourimages

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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: a woman in a wheelchair entering a treadmill; Copyright: ezyGain S.A.S.

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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Photo: a girl with two leg prostheses on a track – Julia Porzelt; Copyright: private

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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Photo: Sensory insole by novapace lying in front of a tablet on a table; Copyright: novapace

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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Photo: Speaker in the Forum

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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