Spinal cord injury is caused when nerves in the spinal cord are damaged. There are various different ways this can happen. In spinal cord injuries where the nerve has been totally damaged it is called “complete” spinal cord injury. The nerves are not able to heal or regain their function. People experience loss of feeling and function in a part of their body. Which body parts are affected depends on the level of the injury. So each paraplegic has his own problems to overcome. BerkelBike’s different solutions help to get maximum use of what is still possible, rather than what is not possible.
BerkelBike and complete spinal cord injury
Having a complete spinal cord injury clearly has a great impact on your life. The BerkelBike provides both arm and leg propulsion so that arms can assist the legs. For many people with complete spinal cord injury that is not enough to get them cycling. Therefore we have options to stimulate the nerves in the legs with electric stimulation. In that way the legs are stimulated to make the cycling motion, even if they can not move on their own anymore. In case of a very low lesion it is not possible to get someone cycling but we still offer a solution to stimulating the leg muscles and achieve health benefits.
The BerkelBike has shown that it can not only help in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries but prevent many other additional affections. The chances of developing pressure sores will greatly decrease too. And it will help prevent the loss of muscles. Physical activity does not only have a positive effect on the body but it does so on the mind too. It gives you a good and healthy feeling throughout the whole day.
There is a another great health benefit when using the BerkelBike, this is because the BerkelBike uses both the arms as well as the legs to move. The leg muscles are the biggest muscles in the human body. These muscles have to be trained in order for the body to achieve an optimal physical fitness. The blood circulation of the lower body will improve and help in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
RISE or combined with FES
Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) is an innovation in the field of muscle stimulation that gets completely paralyzed muscles moving again. When combined with a BerkelBike product, this technology enables users with spinal cord injury to cycle by means of their own remaining leg strength. In general, most people with spinal cord injury who have a spastic paralysis can use the BerkelBike FES-Box. If you are paralyzed but don’t have any spasms maybe the RISE Stimulator can be of use to you. It is a stand alone stimulator that won’t get you cycling but enables the muscles to contract. This still helps your body with health issues like muscle mass and tissue, blood circulation and skin condition.