If the Innowalk is a new assistive device to you, you may have many questions. Here you’ll find answers to the questions we are asked the most about the Innowalk. We hope this will be helpful in your search for the best assistive device for your child, yourself or the person you care about.
1. "Can I, or someone I care about, benefit from using the Innowalk?”
The Innowalk is designed especially for people with limited or no ability to move independently (non-ambulatory). It is suitable for both children, young people and adults. It works by supporting the user in an upright standing position, to allow assisted, guided and repetitive movements in a safe, comfortable way. The Innowalk is suitable for people with a wide range of medical conditions such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Syndromes such as Rett and Trisomie 21
- Spinal cord injury
- Spina bifida
- Brain injury
2. “What can I expect of benefits from using the device?”
People with disabilities who may be non-ambulatory are often spending a great amount of their waking hours being sedentary.
The Innowalk allows people with severe disabilities to be physically active. Research has shown that movement in the Innowalk is light physical activity and it emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time for people with disability to increase general health outcome, such as respiration, circulation, gastrointestinal function, mobility of muscles and joints, bone mineral density and mental health.
3. “Do I, or the one I care about, need to be able to stand or move to use the Innowalk?”
No, the device is designed to assure safe and comfortable training, regardless of physical function levels, so there’s no need to be able to independently stand or move.
4. “Are there any contraindications I should be aware of?”
Individuals should be evaluated by a clinician on a case-by-case basis. The clinician responsible for prescribing the Innowalk can assess the possible benefits and versus the risks of using the device. However, the presence of the following conditions or symptoms should always be monitored closely:
- Major deformities
- Severely fixed contractures
- Bone instability
- Joint instability
- Skin lesions affecting areas of the body coming into direct contact with the device
- Circulatory disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiac disorders
5. “How long do you recommend that I, or the one I care about, use the Innowalk at a time?”
In total, we recommend that the user aim for a minimum of 1 hour/day, based on WHO physical activity recommendations. This total can be divided into 2-3 shorter sessions throughout the day. So, for example, the user might undertake 3 sessions lasting for 20 minutes each. However, the amount of time spent in the Innowalk should always be adapted and continuously evaluated in accordance to the user’s current health condition. It is also recommended to start with short sessions in the beginning and gradually increase the amount of time in the device.
6. “Do I, or the one I care about, have to use another static standing device in addition to using the Innowalk?”
A complete standing program should always be discussed with a clinician. General guidelines recommend daily standing for 1-2 hours in total. This means it may be necessary to have different devices available to meet all practical needs to reach the recommendations. However, many clinicians believe that the Innowalk covers both static and dynamic standing requirements.
7. “Which sizes are available?”
The device is available in 3 sizes to fit users within the size range from 80 - 190 cm.
If you have any other questions related to the Innowalk or any of our other devices, please contact us for further information.