KMINA Crutches - comfortable alternative to conventional crutches
The exoskeletons are coming!
No, it’s not science fiction! Robotics have arrived and are being used in Australia right now to help people in their rehabilitation program. You might have seen the recent story on ABC TV about the young Newcastle surfer and surf lifesaver Jess Collins who was recently able to take her first steps since a near-fatal surfing accident left her paralysed from the chest down.
The amazing robotic suit called HELLEN (it stands for Hunter’s Exoskeleton for Lower Limb Exercise and Neuro-rehabilitation) is being trialled to see if it can improve health and mobility outcomes for people with conditions such as stroke and quadriplegia. The article quotes Jess as saying that
“the potential for robots to be one day more widely used in the home and in-patient therapy clinics is reason enough to make it worthwhile participating”.
Not for everybody
Whilst exoskeletons are definitely a big, assistive technology plus going into the future, they are not needed by everyone with mobility limitations.
Crutches are a helpful mobility aid for people who need to use their arms for weight bearing and walking, and not just for balance. Still on the topic of technology though, the revolutionary KMINA crutches (sold exclusively in Australia by Gong Life Care Solutions), are the first crutches designed specifically to avoid pain. They are the comfortable and pain-free alternative to conventional crutches – and exoskeletons! They will allow you to walk further in comfort and safety. See how, on our video. Check out the ease with which people adapt to the KMINA crutches. https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-crutches
The video shows people of various ages with various conditions that have required them to use crutches. The ease of use, comfort and adjustability of the KMINA crutches are very obvious in the video. What’s not so obvious, is that these modern and innovative crutches reduce pain for users. The KMINA crutches reduce pain in hands, wrists and shoulders, thanks to their revolutionary design. And speaking of design, the KMINA crutches have a host of comfort and safety features, which include: a shock absorbing system, adjustable handle position, adjustable height, flexible and wide crutch tips, and changeable and washable handle grips. In addition, the tilted forearm support properly distributes the weight of the body.
Less tiring, more comfortable and safe
Traditional under-arm crutches can cause the user to expend a large amount of energy, probably due to the greater amount of upper body work involved in using these types of crutches. Consequently, they can be very tiring to use – for even a short amount of time. However, the overall design of the KMINA crutches lowers the fulcrum or pivot point of the crutches and reduces the amount of energy required to take steps. They are a comfortable alternative to conventional crutches, enabling users to walk further and walk more safely. KMINA developed this new crutch concept in order to improve the mobility and quality of life of users. They are made in Spain, and certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
ABC Newcastle, Robotic suit HELLEN helps paralysed surf lifesaver Jess Collins stand up, take first steps, Dom Vukovic, 29.07.2019 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-29/robotic-technology-helps-paralysed-lifesaver-stand-up-and-walk/11354610
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