Elderly care

Combi Bike Plus outperforms motorized exercisers

Martin Uhd, Physiotherapist

Combi Bike Plus outperforms motorized exercisers

Combi Bike Plus from Lemco Mobility replaced an parkinsons exerciser with a motor.

The Combi Bike Plus provided new opportunities to train more residents at the elder centre, according to physiotherapist Martin Uhd. It’s used for both warming up and rehabilitation.

Martin Uhd, a physiotherapist, is in charge of resident training at the Lokalcenter Rosengård in Odense, Denmark. He has been using Combi Bike Plus in his resident training classes for over two years.

– We used to have what was known as a “Parkinson’s bike” with a motor. Patients with Parkinson’s disease rode it until the patient stopped, at which point the motor took over and passively moved you, he tells and continues:

– But it fell apart. After then, we spoke with Lemco Mobility about the Combi Bike Plus, a new effective option that runs without electricity. CEO Carsten Lemche visited and gave a demonstration.

Sitting in a chair or wheelchair, you exercise your arms and legs synchronously, and you obtain an even thread in the pedals, thanks to Lemco Mobility’s BEAT technology. This means that you may perform the circular movements using your own strength, as opposed to passive training. There were four patient types for the demonstration; A leg amputee; a Parkinson’s patient; a hemiplegic patient; and a physically frail resident.

Martin Uhd was pleasantly impressed despite his initial scepticism due to the fact that many residents had significantly decreased leg mobility.

– They tried Combi Bike Plus since they were unable to ride a regular exercise bike with a saddle, and it immediately provided them with amazing results. All four benefited from using it, so we decided to invest in it as well, says Martin Uhd.

Exercise for the elderly that is gentle

Martin Uhd states that individuals with limited strength benefit most from Combi Bike Plus. 

– For these patient categories, we employ it frequently. They also each have various needs. However, it is also frequently used as a warm-up prior to strength training, as many elderly individuals must do so in order to gain some strength. For this reason, they must properly warm up, says Martin Uhd. Warming up the muscles improves flexibility and lessens injury to the muscles and tendons.

All in all, Martin Uhd experiences many benefits from the residents exercising with the mobility exerciser.

– For instance, Combi Bike Plus works well as a vein pump to treat edema in the legs, which many individuals have, and to improve circulation. We observe that the swelling goes down after fifteen minutes of exercising with it a few times a week, he says.

For joints and diabetes

Combi Bike Plus is also beneficial for stabilising joints, such as if you have paralysis and use a wheelchair. It may be beneficial in that situation to move your shoulders, knees, and legs. As a result, when the residents’ joints become more mobile and flexible, it will be easier for the caregivers to dress them, says Martin Uhd.

There are residents with diabetes in addition to the patient categories already described, and the exerciser has advantages for them as well.

– It is beneficial for our residents with Type 2 diabetes who need to exercise their heart and lungs and raise their heart rate, he says. For these individuals, regular exercise can assist improve blood sugar control and lower the level of sugar and fat in the blood.

More features

You can view your speed, distance travelled, and duration of cycling on the Combi Bike Plus display. And a easy to use lever with a scale from 0 to 9 is used to set the resistance. 

– Beating their own long-distance cycling records can inspire some patients. In addition, if the user is at a very low physical level, such as having trouble walking, the exerciser is helpful for gaining strength. On the other hand, it also functions somewhat similarly to a leg press. Even the strongest inhabitants can use it to warm up but not for strength training, he explains.

Combi Bike Plus at its best

Martin Uhd states that exercising with Combi Bike Plus helps to increase a person’s mobility so they may, for instance, walk farther, gain a little more strength, and become more independent. The exerciser’s accessibility in a wheelchair and the ability to move both feet and legs simultaneously are its best features, according to the physiotherapist.

– The exerciser’s design makes it possible to use one or both arms for support if your legs aren’t strong enough to propel you forward using the pedals alone. Additionally, it is simple to access and utilize for people in wheelchairs and other users. That is the clever aspect of a Combi Bike Plus, he says.

A physiotherapist's perspective on the Combi Bike Plus
Combi Bike Plus is easy for wheelchair users to utilize and access, according to physiotherapist Martin Uhd.

The bike from Lemco Mobility works better than the one we had with a motor, the old one required too much service and fell apart.

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