Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) is a generic term for a much occurring illness where the sudden death of brain cells happens due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired. This can occur by blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. A CVA is also known by its common name which is stroke. Symptoms of a stroke depend on the area of the brain affected. The most common symptom is weakness or paralysis of one side of the body with partial or complete loss of voluntary movement or sensation in a leg or arm. People often struggle with physical limitations, such as paralysis, blindness, disturbed balance and coordination problems.
BerkelBike and CVA
The BerkelBike is particular suited to work on the inactivity of a person that suffered a stroke. It can train the whole body because of the combined arm and leg propulsion. This is especially helpful when a disturbed coordination occurred, for example at one side of your body. Through cycling with the BerkelBike the unaffected side can help the affected side. Therefor the strength of the affected side can still be used. When the arms create propulsion, the legs move with it automatically. When your leg is fully incapacitated, the leg will still be moved passively. This passive movement is better than no movement at all. The BerkelBike is also a very suited rehabilitation therapy for a CVA. The three wheels and the wide seat create great stability when you suffer from a disrupted balance.
When people suffering from a stroke get cycling on a BerkelBike they get in shape. Overall fitness will increase and this is an important indicator for your health. Training both arms and legs on the BerkelBike creates a big health benefit that is important for stroke victims. People with insufficient exercise or obesity have an enhanced risk of suffering a stroke. After a stroke the risk of a second one is even higher. This risk can be reduced by taking on a healthy active lifestyle and can reduce obesity or even prevent it. This reduces the risk of a second stroke.
Physical exercise makes people feel more fit and less tired. Furthermore the BerkelBike enables you to exercise together with other people in your surroundings. Cycling with a companion can also stimulate your social life.