26 Nov 2021

Safer start to the treadmill therapy on the treadmill – even from a wheelchair

Early start of therapy with the h/p/cosmos locomotion treadmill system with body weight support. h/p/cosmos has equipped the system with an ergonomic wheelchair ramp. Furthermore the handrails contain telescopic extensions which can be pulled out 55 cm (21.65“) to give additional support to the patients. They can assist and hold the handrails in many cases even during entering the treadmill on the ramp. And most patients are happy to help if we give them such tools.

Getting onto the treadmill deck can be a challenge. Therefore h/p/cosmos has equipped the system with an ergonomic wheelchair ramp. Furthermore the handrails contain telescopic extensions which can be pulled out 55 cm (21.65“) to give additional support to the patients. They can assist and hold the handrails in many cases even during entering the treadmill on the ramp. And most patients are happy to help if we give them such tools.

Then they can stand up directly out of the wheelchair with support from the h/p/cosmos airwalk® vest and un-weighting system holding on to the individually adjusted handrails. Thus, the therapy can start successfully without much effort.

In neurological rehabilitation it is important for the patient to start exercising as early as possible. Therefore an individual and optimal un-weighting system is crucial for the patient. The h/p/cosmos airwalk un-weighting system supports a natural gait pattern. The single-point suspension allows dynamic up and down movement when walking and at the same time allows freedom in movement and body rotations where wanted. Additional fi xation straps for further stabilization may be utilized if desired and if recommended for the patient. The un-weighting, depending on the progress of therapy, can be adjusted electronically between 1 kg and 75 kg (2.2 and 165 lbs). The treadmill itself starts at 0.1 km/h speed and is driven by a very powerful 3.3 kW (4.5 HP) drive motor. Even heavy patients at low speeds can exercise smoothly without juddering.

The remote control for electronically re-adjustment of un-weighting has magnet holder and can be positioned on either side for the seated therapists. This is really important during therapy! With the h/p/cosmos system therapists can perform frequently required re-adjustments of parameters from seating position.

For locomotion therapy the specially designed seats are positioned very close to the center of the deck, so the posture of the therapist is optimized. Very wide running surfaces would lead to further problems, therefore h/p/cosmos recommends the 50 cm (19.68“) wide deck for this application and not the 65 cm deck of the h/p/cosmos quasar® med. No obstructive bars from un-weighting frames or other obstacles give the therapist un-interrupted access to the patient‘s legs. The arch design of the h/p/cosmos airwalk se 135 perfectly supports that. This is also important for lateral motion analysis.