Testimonial from physiotherapists in Belgium about Wheeleo:
“Wheeleo® can be used for two very different functions. When the patient needs a lot of support (relief), the Wheeleo® handle should be adjusted like a crutch (wrist). This way, the patient can lean heavily while respecting biomechanics (not too much strain). In this application, the statics often change a bit by leaning towards Wheeleo®.
The goal is to position the body over the support (relief). To limit this problem, the handle’s height should be raised as quickly as possible. This way, Wheeleo® will provide support that improves balance (increased number of support points and the size of the support base) without negatively altering the body’s statics. The patient stands more upright. Like walking sticks, Wheeleo® is an asymmetric aid. It is impossible to completely neutralize its effect on body asymmetry. Nevertheless, the potential negative effects on statics (local impact) outweigh the significant positive effects on activity and participation (general impact). Moving around, being active, improving comfort, stability, and autonomy is the best way to avoid deterioration associated with the passage of time.
Wheeleo® was originally designed for hemiparetic patients. Rehabilitation goals include improving load on the injured lower extremity and reducing body asymmetry. The handle will be adjusted from a low position at the beginning of rehabilitation when the patient is still very weak to a high position as the patient progresses. Statics will improve instead of worsening.
The use of a walker (symmetric support) can solve some of the lateral asymmetry but increases the forward tilt of the body (poor alignment) and limits mobility due to size. It is important to choose the right technical aid for the patient, depending on his or her abilities and living environment. It is not uncommon to need two mobility aids, both indoors and outdoors. In certain cases, Wheeleo® complements the walker.
I would like to add the following: when you see people walking with Wheeleo® in daily life, Wheeleo® can be compared to a railing that follows you everywhere. They can use Wheeleo® in the right hand, then the left hand, depending on what they are doing, where they are going, … watch this testimonial from a user who wanted to show us how practical Wheeleo® is in her daily life!”
“In the 5 years we have used the first Wheeleo®’s, we have never received feedback from a user telling us that their upright posture was deteriorated because of Wheeleo®. On the contrary, patients have told us how happy they are to have a much more upright posture than with a walker.” – Physiotherapy Department at Centre Hospitalier Neurologique William Lennox in Belgium.
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