Warning - don’t try this at home!
Warning - don’t try this at home!
Crutches are pretty magic. We take them for granted actually. You see them a lot, out and about. We see people of all ages using them. Sometimes people look a little awkward and slow using them. Other people are extremely competent and get around quite quickly with crutches. And then there are some people with amazing abilities who can even dance on crutches. Check out this strong man with a daring crutches routine!!
Dergin Tokmak contracted polio when he was a one year old child. The disease left him with very limited use of his legs. In spite of – or perhaps because of this – he began a high flying career as a dancer. He created his own totally unique style, on two crutches. Part of Dergin’s career was with "Cirque du Soleil.” Many years ago now he found out that "Cirque du Soleil" was looking to employ a dancer on crutches, so he took on the challenge, in the program “Varekai.” As a matter of interest, the choreographer was also a man who used crutches.
What do we know about crutches? Well we know that walking using crutches occurred thousands of years ago, with evidence in drawings from Ancient Egypt, and from the Middle Ages. We know that crutches can keep us moving, that’s the whole point of them. They help us to remain independent. Whilst the ancient design was quite crude, crutches have come a long way since! Underarm crutches are still utilised by many people, particularly for shorter term rehabilitation, for example after injury. But for people needing to use crutches long term, another style of crutches is more beneficial than the underarm ones. Modern technology has helped immensely with the development of light and strong materials and innovative engineered designs to maximize mechanical advantage and comfort.
Innovative comfortable, pain-free crutches – The KMINA crutches are here!
Just as Dergin utilized very specific, specially designed forearm crutches for his dance routine, we have brought to Australia (from Spain), carefully designed adjusting elbow/forearm crutches that are light, strong, comfortable, and pain-free. 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 the conventional underarm crutches.
Crutches are a helpful mobility aid for people who need to use their arms for weight bearing and walking, and not just for balance. 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 – crutches to walk!
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).
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