The ability to move improves your child’s physical health. But it does something more than that: it brings them joy. People and especially children, are made to be active as an important part of their development. We are all made for movement.
At Made for Movement we are passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities and helping them to move and participate in regular physical activity.
Our dynamic, custom-fit movement devices offer children with limited, or no independent mobility, the opportunity to stand and move. The possibility to participate in daily activities and interact with friends and family from an upright standing position, has a huge impact on both mind and body. Feelings of restriction, or limitation and isolation can be replaced by a sense of inclusion and personal accomplishment.
The Innowalk: Power in motion
Most people take the ability to stand and move for granted. We forget how it is such an important feature of everyday life. When we’re eye level with our friends and the activities we participate in, it makes us feel a part of the world going on around us.
Simply standing is also hugely positive for our physical health. The Innowalk is a powerful motorised movement-aid that encourages not just standing, but standing and moving at once, so-called ‘active standing’. It allows guided, repetitive movement from an upright position with natural weight-bearing and thus gives a unique opportunity to be in physical activity.
In just a few minutes, physical activity boosts our metabolism. Various studies into the positive effects of ‘active standing’ have also documented:
- Increased heart rate and better blood circulation; improved lung capacity
- It prevents muscle weakness and improves joint flexibility
- Improved sleeping patterns leading to better moods
- Improved bone mineral density from increased muscle activity and strength
- Better skin integrity through relieving of pressure and increased blood-flow
Because the Innowalk safely supports the user’s full weight, there’s no need for them to able to sit, stand or walk independently to enjoy all the benefits it brings.
The Innowalk helps to improve the long-term quality of life for children with many different chronic conditions, and it’s also great for aiding rehabilitation after surgery or other medical treatments.
Giving children the freedom to move through life standing up
The Innowalk is as much about encouraging active mental and emotional states as much as physical functions. Once children experience its unique form of movement therapy, it’s not uncommon for them to want to use it as much as possible, because they love it so much!
Four year old Ulrik is a little boy who’s determined to enjoy as much freedom as he can. His life changed after introducing the Innowalk into his daily routine. His parents describe their happiness at seeing his world getting bigger:
“Ulrik is a happy little boy. He is very curious and loves to be active. When he’s able to stand in the Innowalk, he is so proud at having mastered a new skill. The Innowalk provides him with positive energy, helping to increase his quality of life. He loves being at the same height as the other children around him and getting a normal perspective over things. Ulrik smiles and laughs more. The Innowalk gives him a real zest for life.”
Alongside families, the positive changes Innowalk can bring have been endorsed by a variety of medical professionals and therapists. But don’t just take our word for it! Here is one occupational therapist’s experience of working with the Innowalk in their own words:
“We chose the Innowalk because it gives the closest to “normal walking” training as possible, and it’s so easy! The movement is the closest to being anatomically correct, which is invaluable for children who are trying to build themselves back up after a surgery. It is an especially fantastic tool for us therapists who use the Normal Movement principals. Training to stand is often passive for children in this group. The Innowalk is active, and that’s what I as a therapist want to see more of. Also, it’s fun to use, and that means an increased motivation to train with it.”
The Innowalk is easy to use everyday
We continuously work with families, therapists and caregivers to design products that give both practical and clinical improvements.
Training, support, custom-fitting and user follow-up are all vital parts of our solutions. We understand that therapy must fit easily into your lives and adapt to your child’s surroundings. With this in mind and because the aim for active standing should be for daily activity, we designed the Innowalk to being simple enough to use every day.
The proven, positive effects of the Innowalk
In Norway, where Innowalk is produced, the government’s national health insurance provider, NAV, conducted a study to assess the positive effects of using Innowalk. Some of the major effects they noted included: ‘degrees of spasm reduced, less pain, greater mobility, better sleep, better gastrointestinal function, and better body stability and sitting control’ (source).
The Innowalk is focused on making active standing an everyday reality.
Don’t forget to check out our short video at the end of this post if you want to see the Innowalk in action! We shall leave the final word to one of our many users who’s experienced the positive impact of the Innowalk first-hand:
“The staff at the day nursery are good at integrating her training in the Innowalk with activities with other children. Ada loves using the Innowalk.”