Ludvig is a 6 years old boy who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, GMFCS V. His parents’ hope is that in the future he will be able to move independently using helping aids. After standing in the Innowalk he has reached several milestones along this journey, like when he was able to fulfil his passion and go skiing and ice-skating in the winter without getting frostbite!
Ludvig has no independent standing and walking functioning and he is not able to sit without support. His joint mobility is somewhat limited and he has muscular spasticity. Additionally he has been diagnosed with therapy-resistant epilepsy and scoliosis.
Together with his physiotherapist, Ludvig’s parents started off with several objectives: to improve his bowel function, blood circulation, upper-body and leg strngth and to improve his head control. They also hoped that an increase in activity would improve the quality of his sleep. The physiotherapist also wanted to prevent deformities due to his spasticity.
The choice of helping aid
For more than a year Ludvig has been using the Innowalk at home and he has already many of the initial goals. For five days a week Ludvig uses the Innowalk to move around, for about 15-30 minutes a time, with static standing frame now only being used when he is in daycare.
“The Innowalk provides all-round training with good support, something no other helping aid can give. Ludvig loves to exercise in his Innowalk; he is proud and stretches his body in a way he never does in other forms of therapy.
You can tell he feels more independent in Innowalk and even he is strapped in he does not feel restricted.”
– Ludvig’s Mother
Result and effect
He has started to activate his legs under independent functioning, both kicking and moving, movements he never perfromed before he started using the device. This has meant he has been able to reduce the dosages for his Botox treatments as well.
Ludvig’s experiences with the Innowalk
- Increased temperature on both his hands and feet
- Reduced spasticity
- Improved mobility in his hips and legs
- Improved sleeping pattern, with fewer interruptions
- Better bowel function, significant reduction of his laxative use.
- Increased leg strength
- Stronger upper-body
- Improved head control
- Better moods and enhanced his body awareness
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders CP is the commonest cause of physical disability in early childhood Overall, the CP rate is between 2 and 3 per 1000 live births CP involves a disorder of movement and posture and of motor function It is due to a non-progressive interference/lesion/abnormality. This interference/lesion/abnormality is in the developing/immature brain