The MOTOmed provides a means whereby persons who are disabled or have limited mobility can regularly exercise inactive limbs and gain health benefits. This type of exercise is known as 'movement therapy' and the concepts of this were incorporated into the design of the MOTOmed, which is manufactured in Germany by Reck-Technik.
Regular exercise with the MOTOmed improves both muscle condition and blood circulation.
The advantages of the therapy are:
- stimulate blood circulation
- reduce spasticity
- promote and build muscle strength
- improve extremity coordination
- counter onset of health problems caused by lack of mobility
In movement therapy the legs or arms are moved gently by means of rotating foot-pedals or hand grips. The motive power is an electronically controlled electric motor, which operates at a constant speed set by the user, typically within the range 15 - 20 rpm.
The movement protector of the MOTOmed will sense any change in resistance of the legs (e.g. onset of a spasm) and will gradually bring the forward movement to a stop, then reverse direction to relieve the spasm.
There are two modes of operation:
- passive mode. The user can relax and the MOTOmed does all the work to move the legs/arms
- active mode. With residual muscle strength the user can apply force on the pedals and thus increase rotation speed above the preset speed (e.g. 20rpm) and effect a transfer from passive to active mode.
In the 'active' mode the user will perform 'work' against a level of resistance, which can be adjusted by the user.
The display panel will show a series of performance parameters during 'training'. One important display parameter is 'Symmetry Training'.
The image shows that the right leg is weaker than the left, thus the user can put more effort during 'active' training to correct this imbalance.
The MOTOmed can be found in rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, aged care facilities and at home providing a safe method of movement therapy.
There are four main models of the MOTOmed described below and three other models designed for special applications.
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- Viva-2:Ideal for Rehab clinics. The Viva-2 software includes a range of training programs to suit various disabilities
- Viva-2 Light: Most suitable for small clinics, aged care facilities and the home user
- Gracile: Designed for the smaller person and children in the age range 5 - 15
- Letto: Designed for persons confined to bed. Mainly suited to hospital 'Intensive care' departments and also geriatric care facilities.
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Further information on the MOTOmed
If you wish to know more about MOTOmed equipment you may contact us anytime by telephone (09) 833-7774 or send an email by going to 'Contact Us'.