Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Equipment for SCI Rehabilitation
Theracycle Exercise Equipment for Spinal Cord Injury
How Can Theracycle Help Your Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation?
The Theracycle is in-home spinal cord injury exercise equipment that assists you with your spinal cord injury to get the exercise and physical therapy you need. Using the Theracycle on a regular basis for spinal cord injury exercise will help to reduce tone and spasticity, increase flexibility, and improve your overall health and mobility. A Theracycle is designed specifically for those with neurological and mobility challenges to ensure ease of use, efficacy and user comfort, and includes customized pedals to ensure that you will be safe and secure as you get a full-body workout for your spinal cord injury.
Exercise with Theracycle SCI exercise equipment has significant benefits:
- Reduced spasticity
- Reduced tonality
Doctors, physical therapists, and researchers continue to discover the benefits of Theracycle exercise equipment for spinal cord injuries.
I was paralyzed from the chest down in 1987. My doctor agreed I needed something to help my legs and circulation. I ride my Theracycle 3 times a day for 15 minutes. It’s pretty easy to get on and off, and made of heavy steel so it’s stable and very durable. As far as my mood and muscle tone, it’s helped me quite a bit.” Tony Richards
Medical Effectiveness of the Theracycle Recumbent Exercise Bike for Spinal Cord Injury
In a study originally published in Spinal Cord, the official journal of the International Spinal Cord Society, researchers documented significantly lower mean F-wave amplitude, mean F-wave/M-response ratio, and maximum F-wave/M-response ratios after therapy than before. This led the researchers to conclude that the antispastic effect of motorized exercise bicycle therapy was able to be documented by a decrease of F-wave-amplitude parameters.i A subsequent study published in Frontiers in Neurology echoed those findings among a study group of 64 wounded war veterans, all except one suffering from complete SCI, and also found significant improvement in hip, ankle, and knee range of motion after motorized cycling therapy.ii
A scientific review of existing research into activity-dependent plasticity in spinal cord injury was published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, a peer-reviewed publication of the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1964. These researchers cited multiple studies that support the hypothesis that passive exercise can induce functional ranges of joint motion and sensory feedback necessary to maintain or improve neuromuscular function after complete or incomplete SCIs.iii
Further, the researchers found that motorized cycling, in particular, is advantageous for the fact that performing the exercise does not require any volitional control. Motorized cycling also is more effective because it can be initiated soon after the original injury, although certain studies have found that retention of the benefits bestowed likely is reliant on continued cycling.iv
i Rösche, J., Paulus, C., Maisch, U. et al. The effects of therapy on spasticity utilizing a motorized exercise-cycle. Spinal Cord 35, 176–178 (1997).
ii Rayegani, S.M., H. Shojaee,L. Sedighipour, M.R. Soroush, M. Baghbani, O.B. Amirani. The effect of electrical passive cycling on spasticity in war veterans with spinal cord injury. Frontiers in Neurology, 2, 39 pp (2011).
iii Lynskey, J.V., PhD, PT; A. Belanger, MS; R. Jung, PhD; Activity-dependent Plasticity in Spinal Cord Injury, Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, vol. 45, no. 2, pp 229-240 (2008).
iv Prochazka A, Gillard D, Bennett DJ. Positive force feedback control of muscles. Journal of Neurophysiology, 77(6): 3226–36 (1997).