The Segway of Wheelchairs

Introducing wheelchairs of the future! Based on the same technology as the Hoverboard and Segway, this new top-of-the-line wheelchair is designed to move with your core. Like the Segway, the chair moves when the built in sensors identify movement from your body. Moving forwards, backwards and side to side, your body will initiate the movement of the chair in the direction desired. New Zealand inventor Kevin Halsall created the chair for a good friend who became paralyzed after a skiing accident. Halsall recognized the daily struggles his friend was having from using his hands to move his chair.

imagesAfter using a Segway himself, Halsall came up with the idea of adding a seat to the design. He had a vision of using the same technology as the Segway but adapting it to meet the needs of someone using a wheelchair.

As I spend the majority of my time working with individuals with different ambulatory issues, I often try to deter them from using a power chair. I feel they can become lazy and weak if they don’t use their arms to get around just like an able body would use their legs. However, I can also understand that using the arms on a daily basis can cause daily struggles as well. Our arms were not designed to have the constant strain of pushing a chair and this strain can result in shoulder problems in the future. Having to push to move yourself from place to place can also limit your ability to lift and carry items that would generally be held in your hands. Due to these reasons I can definitely see a need for this type of chair and what a great core exercise it would be!

The Ogo is now its third prototype phase and only requires a few more tweaks as well as an increased interest from financial investors to help launch it onto the market. The sleek design is able to move up to 20km per hour and has the ability to change from a daily chair to an off road monster chair. The bigger tires allow the user to navigate difficult terrain as well as the ability to cruise over soft sand (definitely a necessity in New Zealand)!

Take a look at the way this hands free chair works:


Would you use the Ogo? Comment below with your opinions.

Michelle Wolfe, RMT

Soccer Rehab with Joe Bartolomeo

How boring is the gym? How boring is Physiotherapy?

Many people who come through our doors have stories of attending a gym or physiotherapy sessions elsewhere. Unfortunately these are not always positive stories. At our Neurological Rehabilitation Centre we know that our clients are here to train, to get stronger, to get healthier and to fulfill their rehab goals. This would be extremely difficult if we asked them to do the same exercises each session. Just like when you are at the gym, you need to keep changing your routine so that you stay stimulated to continue and see a change in your body. This is why our therapists are always thinking of new and fun exercises. We are fortunate to have some of the most advanced robotic technology for our clients, however; we find it important to also incorporate other forms of exercise into each client’s individual routine.

In today’s blog I have attached a video of one of our regular clients Joe Bartolomeo. Joe has

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Amazing action shot! (and he scored)

always been involved in playing, watching and even coaching soccer so we have tried to adapt this into his therapy. After suffering a stroke in 2009, Joe has hemiplegia (one side of his body is paralyzed). With the help of his family and many hours of therapy, Joe continues to regain the strength of his limbs. To keep things exciting for him, we have included his favorite sport, soccer, into his therapy. Take a look…

Michelle Wolfe, RMT

Stem Cell Experience First Hand.

Davion Resal is back after a month in Panama receiving stem cells which will hopefully help regenerate his spine. As many of you may recall, Davion had a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costly expenses of this international procedure. Davion wanted to share a bit about his time and let everyone know that he had a positive experience.

Before he left, he was walking with a walker for short distances. Since his procedure, he has noticed that he is much stronger and has the endurance to walk for longer periods of time. His main goal was to see some increase in strength and sensation in his right leg which tends to be weaker than his left and he has already started to see a difference! He is noticing more sensation, strength and endurance specifically with his right leg.

It is common for patients who have received stem cell therapy to slowly see gains within the fist two to three months post treatment. Davion must continue to use his legs as much as possible and continue with physiotherapy in order to see the most gains.

He was very happy with the facility that he went to and mentioned that the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists were all very kind and helpful. He met many other patients just like him who are seeing tremendous recovery post stem cell therapy.

When I asked him if he’d go again, he said “definitely.”

Davion, we missed you while you were away but we are also very excited to have you back so that we can push you harder and help you achieve your goals and to watch you get stronger!

Go Dav!!!

Michelle Wolfe, RMT 

See below for more from Davions past two years of therapy at Aim2Walk.