THERA-Trainer – PROFESSIONAL
The PROFESSIONAL line of THERA-Trainers addresses customers in the fields of neurology, geriatrics, orthopedics, and cardiology. This includes business partners working in rehabilitation, whether on an inpatient, outpatient, or day-patient basis. In addition to our therapeutic devices, we offer device-based therapy concepts, which include a comprehensive therapy and training concept with practical exercise suggestions. Our vision is to provide you with therapy concepts for every phase of rehabilitation. They are to complement, simplify, and assist in the work of the therapist.
THERA-Trainer – Cycling Product Line
Patients especially love cycling training with its natural and rhythmic motion. Nearly everyone, from wheelchair users to patients able to walk independently can use cycling exercise to actively help along their rehab. This has an extremely positive effect on their quality of life and their self-esteem.
Goals of Therapy
More than an Ergometer
THERA-Trainer – Standing & Balancing Product Line
Standing and walking has top priority for everyone, especially for wheelchair users – and there’s a reason for that. From a therapeutic point of view, standing can’t be overrated. Safe standing and good balance are basic requirements for walking. On the following pages, you can find standing and balancing exercisers that are suitable for patients with risk of falling as well as for wheelchair users and patients in vegetative state. Dynamic vertical exercise is the »champions league« for every patient.
- Pelvis and upper body stability
Sufficient pelvis and upper body stability are basic requirements for being able to move around and cope with gravity – without it, unaided standing and walking is impossible. So, an important therapy goal is to exercise the upper body and pelvis muscles at the patient’s individual limit with repetitive exercises in an environment that protects the patient from falling.
Walking is not just about quantity, but above all about quality and safety. Many users of wheelchairs, walkers or crutches are able to walk short distances, but the risk of falling is very high. This often leads to long and expensive hospital stays and subsequently to limited or total lack of independence. With this in mind, balance exercising seems even more important.
- Mobility /muscle tone regulation
Long periods of static sitting or lying will increase the flexion tone of the muscular system and subsequently lead to muscular and tendon shortening. Without sufficient mobility of the ankle, hip and knee joints, neither safe standing nor normal walking are possible. Regular upright and dynamic standing exercises are required to maintain sufficient hip and knee joint extension. Furthermore, standing is the best prophylaxis against plantar flexion of the feet.
- Circulatory system, metabolism and breathing
Regular standing exercises will stabilise circulation and thus increase exercise tolerance. Standing also has a positive influence on blood pressure and breathing. This is very important – especially for high-level dependency patients. Standing also serves as an osteoporosis prophylaxis..
Two Trainers in One
The balance unit is equipped with a spring element that can be adapted to the patient or the therapy goal in several steps. The balance deflection is adjustable between 0 degrees, 6 degrees and 11 degrees. So you can transform your THERA-Trainer from a static standing frame (0 degrees) to a dynamic balance exerciser (6 and 11 degrees).
Plug and Play
All products from the Standing & Balancing series can be combined with a large-format 21,5” colour screen. Just plug it in, select a fitting therapy session with a matching biofeedback option, press the START button and start your exercise. Therapy sessions for 20- to 30-minute exercises can be compiled from individual modules. This provides therapists with brand-new ways of individualising therapy.
|Of highest practical relevance are the flexibly positionable quick securing systems for forefoot and heel on the treads. No tools are needed for adjusting the quick securing systems as required for each patient’s individual therapy goals. The antislip tread surface prevents the patients from losing their footing. Quick securing system and tread surfaces ar wear-resistent, washable and sanitizable. Depending on the therapy goal, knee supports can be installed or removed.|
THERA-Trainer – Product line Gait
One more intelligent innovation that sets standards. This will soon be known as a milestone in gait training. The The next milestone in gait training will soon hit the market. Bravery to think differently was the driving force behind the THERA-Trainer e-go, the first product of its kind. Learn more about this new idea of gait training, which is sure to excite both you and your patients. Try out the walking trainer for yourself and experience the difference.
Goals of Therapy
- Walking better
An important therapy goal is always to improve one’s gait quality. To achieve this, the entire system needs physiological activation, that is, with physiological exercises for feet, legs, pelvis, arms and upper body.
- Speeding up
Another important therapy goal is the walking speed. Healthy people can adjust their walking speed depending on the situation. Too slow walking, which is often seen in neurological patients, is uneconomic and requires more energy.
- Walking distance
It makes a big difference in every patient’s life whether they can walk 5 or 50 metres, since every metre makes them more independent. Strength and endurance need improving, that is, the patients must frequently exercise at their individual limits.
- Walking safely
A patient who lacks confidence won’t walk much. The only way to gain this kind of confidence is regular and intense gait training. However, the patients need to exercise without support or weight relief. Only this kind of exercise will trigger balance reactions that are crucial for starting to walk, turning on the spot, walking in curves or stopping.
Walking isn’t easy
Walking is a very complex process that involves the entire body. When walking upright and economically, the centres of gravity of head, upper body and pelvis form a vertical line. The arms are swinging reactively and follow the activity of the upper body, which is countering that of the pelvis. The hip extension of the standing leg triggers the next step. The pelvis is shifted forward over the supporting leg, which automatically triggers the swing phase of the leg. Walking forward is an automatic process controlled by central program generators on a spinal level.
Treadmills with partial weight relief will often influence the upper body by using belts or suspension systems. Thus, treadmill exercises are perfect for trying one’s first steps in the early stages of rehabilitation. But the patient should start walking on the floor as early as possible. Usually, patients use high walking frames (underarm walking frames) with or without seats. As an alternative, they can exercise with walkers or parallel walking bars. With all these aids, the patient’s upper body and arms fulfil a support function that prevents their use in the dynamic walking process. The perfect exercise would be having the patients walking in a room where there is no danger of falling while at the same time the entire body is involved in the walking process. By allowing »real« walking, e. g. with zigzags and left and right turns, the THERA-Trainer e-go makes this type of gait training possible.