CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION

Multiple Sclerosis

what CAN the BERKELBIKE offer to people with MS?

It is particularly difficult for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to stay fit and keep their muscles flexible and healthy. MS causes muscle weakness, balance problems, a lack of energy and a reduced function of the musculoskeletal system. This translates to difficulties with walking and cycling. The BerkelBike has been developed keeping in mind these challenges and offers people with MS the option to bike and train their muscles in a comfortable way.

THE BENEFITS OF A BERKELBIKE
  • A stable trike
  • Suitable for electrical support
  • Available in a fixed frame model
  • Distributes the power over both arms and both legs
  • Attachable to a wheelchair
THE ADDED VALUE OF A BERKELBIKE
  • Ability to train independently indoors or outdoors
  • Increases cognitive functions
  • Improves fitness and health
  • Renders the muscles flexible, loose and relaxed
  • Fewer and smaller lesions
Health benefits of the BerkelBike

The BerkelBike offers a great way to stay fit by enabling people with MS to go outside and exercise regularly and independently. The trike is designed so that cycling is comfortable and allows people with disabilities to be mobile and increase their fitness. Those who exercise regularly and are physically fit suffer from fewer and smaller lesions. Additionally, research has shown that people who are more fit perform better in testing cognitive functions that measure processing speed; aerobic fitness appears to have a protective effect on the parts of the brain most affected by MS.

How does the BerkelBike work?

The BerkelBike combines arm and the leg movements to power the bike; the arm pieces are connected through a chain to the leg parts. This is beneficial since the locomotive functions of the arms are usually better than those of the legs for people with MS. The connection with the arms relieves the pressure on the legs and provides an extra energy boost. The design of the trike ensures enough balance and the combination of arm and leg movement makes cycling on the BerkelBike comfortable and enables it to be used in therapy.

LISA GREEN – RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WITH MS

Lisa Green has been a fanatic athlete for years until she was diagnosed with MS in 1998. After this diagnosis, training became increasingly difficult for her.

“Last year, a friend told me about the BerkelBike and I was very impressed after the test ride. Obviously, I was overjoyed when I could move again, especially because I knew it was my own body causing the movement! Of course, my legs become tired after a few miles, but then my arms can take over. I can now cycle more than 20 miles through Colorado’s beautiful autumn landscape and enjoy every second of it- it was definitely the highlight of 2012.“

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