Håkon uses the NF-Walker and Innowalk to enhance gross motor skills
by Trine Roald - Head of Medical Marketing on 23.04.2018
Håkon is a five-year-old boy with the rare Vici syndrome, which has given him mental and physical disabilities. Early on, the syndrome caused lack of spontaneous leg activity, in addition to spasticity
Taking self-initiated steps
Håkon loved getting the opportunity to stand. This triggered physiotherapist Synøve Rusten to initiate active standing intervention. Already at 19 months of age, Håkon got his first NF-Walker. He practiced movement both at home and in the nursery. To intensify the training, Innowalk was introduced a year later.
“The new NF-Walker2 has a dynamic knee-stretch system”, says Synøve, adding that it’s been very helpful in helping Håkon take self-initiated steps.
Ensuring a good range of motion with NF-Walker
Despite seeing progress, Håkon developed contractures in his legs. When he was four and a half, he had to undergo surgical lengthening of the hamstrings and gastrocnemius. Already the week after the surgery, his NF-Walker was tuned to stimulate stretching of the muscles on the back of his thighs. He used the assistive device in this stretching mode for three months. This was done to ensure a good range of motion with weight-bearing to promte his ability to walk with an assistive device.
The surgery largely eliminated spasticity and resulted in a boost in the spontaneous motor skills. He is now able to get himself up in sitting position, drag himself forward on his stomach and roll around. His head control has also improved.
To sum it all up, here are three of Håkon's experiences with NF-Walker2:
- Håkon regularly exercises to improve gait and is now able to take some independent steps with the help of the dynamic knee-stretch system.
- He has improved his communication and interaction with other children.
- He now actively uses his hands to play the keyboard/piano while standing.
Sara is another child who has benefited from the NF-Walker. You can download the case story about her experiences here: