The accompanying picture shows Troy who has a C5-C6
spinal cord injury, doing the rickshaw exercise on the UPPERTONE.
This is the standard exercise that physical therapy
departments stress for strengthening and developing the muscles people with
quadriplegia require for transferring to and from wheelchairs.
While other machines such as the rickshaw you may have
used during physical therapy allowed you to do this exercise, the UPPERTONE
provides superior development as it has a flexible free hanging rickshaw handle,
rather than the rigid arm on conventional rickshaw machines.
Unassisted Exercise Equipment for Quadriplegics....
This has two advantages over the machines used at the
rehab for physical therapy. First, for someone with no or very little triceps
the UPPERTONE's free hanging handles allow sufficient flexibility to allow
other muscles to compensate for the triceps. Second, the free hanging system
also helps quads develop a sense of balance and directional control.
In addition, our experience suggests that by adjusting
the UPPERTONE's height and width settings, even people who have lost their
triceps because of their spinal cord injury, can do the rickshaw exercise.
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