Image: A woman is doing exercises with a gymnastic ball; Copyright: Marlene Abadias

Stay at home but do not stay still during the pandemic

08/07/2020

In a review article published in the American Journal of Physiology, Brazilian researchers present scientific evidence on the impact of short periods of inactivity on the cardiovascular system and recommend exercise to stay fit at home during the pandemic.
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Photo: Splints adapted to the footwear of two children; Copyright: Staffordshire University

Orthotics breakthrough helps children with cerebral palsy

12/06/2020

Researchers have confirmed that adapting fine-tuned splints in combination with the footwear used by children with cerebral palsy to help them walk can decrease the energy they use by as much as 33 percent.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: 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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Image: shoe with the Kirigami grip inspired by snake skin; Copyright: Diemut Strebe/Harvard SEAS

Kirigami grips could help seniors keep their footing

03/06/2020

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and MIT have developed pop-up shoe grips, inspired by snake skin, that can increase friction between the shoe and the ground. The assistive grips could be used, among other things, to reduce the risk of falling among older adults.
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Image: several images of the prosthesis in use; Copyright: Edgar Lobaton

Researchers incorporate computer vision and uncertainty into AI for robotic prosthetics

02/06/2020

Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain. The new framework incorporates computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and includes robust AI algorithms that allow the software to better account for uncertainty.
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Photo: Sensory insole by novapace lying in front of a tablet on a table; Copyright: 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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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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