Photo: an electric wheelchair; Copyright: Pride Mobility Products

J4 HD: The newest in Single Power HD

10/05/2021

The newest base in Single Power HD has arrived. Quantum's new J4 HD Power Chair is now available, offering a 400-pound weight capacity and optional Q4 HD Power Tilt. This chair is coded Group 2 Single Power HD, K0837.
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Photo: a man standing in front of a barn, wearing a prosthetic leg; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Natural gait: New Ottobock patent simplifies prosthesis control

05/05/2021

New measuring technology, sensors or interfaces – advanced technology is often behind changes that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. Patents ensure the appropriate recognition of the scientific effort behind them. The health tech enterprise Ottobock was recently granted a patent for a simpler sensor system to control prostheses and orthoses.
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Photo: a man with dark hair and mask is helping an older man with white hair putting on a virtual reality headset; Copyright: University of Bath

Virtual reality could help improve balance in older people

03/05/2021

Researchers at the University of Bath investigating how virtual reality (VR) can help improve balance believe this technology could be a valuable tool in the prevention of falls. As people grow older, losing balance and falling becomes more common, which increases the risk of injury and affects the person's independence.
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Photo: a male stroke patient is sitting at a table, doing some finger exercises, two women standing beside him; Copyright: John Shaw

Stroke: Results of study could be biggest rehab advance

28/04/2021

Results of a study co-authored by MGH Institute of Health Professions researcher Teresa Kimberley have the potential to be one of the most impressive advances in decades to help improve the lives of patients who have had a stroke with resulting arm weakness.
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Photo: A graphic of a man walking on a treadmill with ankle exoskeleton; Copyright: Farrin Abbott

Ankle exoskeleton enables faster walking

26/04/2021

Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers at Stanford University have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed increased the self-selected walking speed of people in an experimental setting.
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Photo: two photos of a man, where he is picking up a ball: Once with powered prosthetic ankles, once without; Copyright: Aaron Fleming

Amputees: powered prosthetic ankles can restore a wide range of functions

21/04/2021

A recent case study from North Carolina State University demonstrates that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on very challenging surfaces and squatting. The researchers are currently working with a larger group of study participants to see how broadly applicable the findings may be.
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Photo: Dario Valenti in a tech support videos; Copyright: HASE BIKES

HASE BIKES Tech Support launches video tutorials

12/04/2021

Since last year, HASE BIKES has been moving forward towards more digital forms of customer communication: Its new tech support videos are aimed at both dealers and end customers.
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Photo: computer modell of a handbike; Copyright: Technische Universität München

Researchers develop hybrid handbike

31/03/2021

Unlike the classic bicycle, the handbike is powered by the arms and is one of the most popular pieces of sports equipment among paraplegics. The new hybrid "BikAble" design, developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), combines the functions of the sports apparatus and the wheelchair.
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Photo: a man – Marcel Michitsch – posing in a field with his motorbike; Copyright: 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

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

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

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: 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

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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