Rollz International study shows benefits of rollator use in people living with Parkinson’s
Mobility equipment manufacturer Rollz International has revealed the results of a recent study, showing that auditory, visual and tactile cues can help break the freeze of gait seen in people living with Parkinson’s.
It is known that exercise has a positive impact on the physical health of Parkinson’s patients and a rollator equipped with different cues or triggers can remove obstructive symptoms so that they will walk often and for longer.
The study, conducted by the research group Assistive Technology for Mobility and Sports and Expert Center Human Movement Technology from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, shows that 80 per cent of the Parkinson’s patients who participated in the research benefited from using Rollz’s Parkinson’s rollator with different cues.
The Rollz Motion Rhythm features a rhythmic sound signal, vibrating handles and a laser line projected on the ground. The rollator is linked to a mobile app, with which the cues can be adjusted and personalised.
Around 90 per cent of the participants in the study indicated that they benefited from the sound signal and almost half experienced a positive effect from the vibrations. Both cues indicate the walking rhythm and help the user to stay in the personally set walking rhythm.
The laser line does not appear to be of added value for every Parkinson’s patient, but it can help to get moving from a standstill.
The research revealed: “Which cue works best in supporting the gait pattern in Parkinson’s patients differs from person to person and depends on the severity of the disease.
“Because the Rollz Motion Rhythm has three types of cues, the frequency and intensity of which can be set via the accompanying app, the Rollz Motion Rhythm can offer help to a large group of patients: 80 per cent of the participants indicated that they would benefit from the use of the Rollz Motion Rhythm.”
The study included Parkinson’s patients who use a walker in daily life. Using the Rollz Motion Rhythm, these participants had to complete an obstacle course two times (including bends, narrowings, a slalom, and coming to a stop and walking away again).
Rollz International is a Dutch company that designs and develops innovative mobility products. Best known for introducing the first rollator-wheelchair combination to the mobility market, Rollz walkers are distributed in the UK by Rollz Mobility UK.
Most recently the firm launched a new rollator featuring softer tyres that provide optimal cushioning for comfortable walking, as well as more colour choice.https://thiis.co.uk/rollz-international-study-shows-benefits-of-rollator-use-in-people-living-with-parkinsons/https://thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Rollz-Motion-Rhythm-in-the-park-transport-chair-package-attached.jpghttps://thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Rollz-Motion-Rhythm-in-the-park-transport-chair-package-attached-150x150.jpgNewsroomSupplier NewsTrade Newsauditory,Mobility,Parkinson's,rollator,Rollz,tactile,visualMobility equipment manufacturer Rollz International has revealed the results of a recent study, showing that auditory, visual and tactile cues can help break the freeze of gait seen in people living with Parkinson's. It is known that exercise has a positive impact on the physical health of Parkinson's patients and...Liane McIvorLiane McIvorliane@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine