10 frequently asked questions on the NF-Walker
by Jens Kleine - Physiotherapist and Product Specialist on 23.03.2018
Our support sections answers hundreds of questions every day. Here are the ten most frequent ones.
1. Who can benefit from using the NF-Walker?
NF-Walker is designed specifically for people with limited or no ability to move independently (non-ambulatory). It works by supporting the user in an upright standing position. In addition, it stimulates independent walking and participation in daily activities by comfortably supporting the user in an upright standing position. The device can assist people with a wide range of medical conditions such as:
- cerebral palsy
- syndromes such as Rett syndrome and trisomy 21
- spinal cord injury
- spina bifida
- traumatic brain injury
2. Do you have to be able to move independently or stand in order to use the NF-Walker?
No. The device is designed to encourage safe and comfortable development, whatever the level of physical function, so there’s no need for independent standing or moving.
3. Are there videos of the NF-Walker in action?
Absolutely! You can watch all our videos on our YouTube channel.
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4. How much weight-bearing does the NF-Walker allow?
NF-Walker is designed to encourage safe weight-bearing so the user can build up strength and confidence. However, the amount of weight a user will bear depends on how upright the user can stand. The straighter the position, the more weight-bearing is performed by the user.
5. My child or patient has scoliosis. Is it possible to adapt the NF-Walker for this?
Yes, to some extent it’s possible to support misalignment due to scoliosis. However, an individual assessment might be necessary to decide on the best solution. In some cases, it helps to use a brace or other dynamic upper-body supports to improve positioning and increase the comfort for the user.
6. Are there any contraindications I should be aware of?
Individuals should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The clinician responsible for prescribing the NF-Walker can assess the possible benefits versus the risks of using the product for each patient. The presence of the following conditions or symptoms should be monitored closely:
- major deformities
- severely fixed contractures
- bone instability
- joint instability
- skin lesions
- circulatory disorders
- respiratory disorders
- cardiac disorders
7. How do I know if my child or patient will have the potential to learn to walk using the NF-Walker?
Walking is a complex movement. While using the NF-Walker, your child is supported in an upright position. Our consultants can also adjust the device to create the best conditions to achieve a successful walking motion.
However, the user’s strength and physical limitations will of course impact potential mobility. It can take time for the user to find his or her own way of walking and build enough strength to achieve it. Some users are able to walk during the first fitting, while some adapt little by little. Walking requires a minimum ability to manage “active standing.” Often, users must master active standing first.
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8. I’m worried about getting my child or patient in and out of the NF-Walker. Is there more than one method for this?
Yes, there are several methods for getting a user in and out of the device. We offer both a seat and lifting straps (hoist/personal lifter) as accessories to customise your lifting system. Contact your local Made for Movement office or the distributor in your country to find the right solution for you. We also offer comprehensive training for you and other caregivers on how to use the product safely to avoid injuring either the user or yourself.
9. Does my child need to use another static standing device in addition to using the NF-Walker?
Your child’s complete standing program should always be discussed with their clinician. General guidelines recommend aiming for daily standing. This means it might be necessary to have different devices available to meet all your child’s practical needs. However, many clinicians believe that the NF-Walker serve as a standing and movement device, thereby covering both static and dynamic standing requirements.
10. Is it possible for me to apply for funding or financial support?
The system for reimbursement when purchasing assistive devices varies from country to country. We recommend that you start by contacting your local Made for Movement office or distributor for more advice on how to proceed. If we are not represented in your country of residence, you can contact our head office in Norway directly.