May-Britt is a 44-year-old mother of two who was diagnosed with MS seven years ago. Her functional level has gradually deteriorated and, over the last year, she has lost the ability to stand and walk. Her adviser at the technical aids centre recommended that she tried Innowalk to facilitate physical activity, and relieve and prevent stiffness in the body.
Since becoming more dependent on a wheelchair, life has revolved around more sedentary activities, and opportunities for movement are limited. The legs ‘stiffen’, and the muscles become tense and less mobile. She is dependent on help from other people to change position and move her body generally.
May-Britt has walked in Innowalk for up to 40 minutes daily since June 2015 and finds activity positive, both physically and psychologically. She talks enthusiastically about the pleasure of being able to stretch the body in a standing position, and feels she is standing on her own two feet again.
“The opportunity for movement that Innowalk provides is a breath of fresh air in my daily routine. The spasms I experience, particularly in the right leg, decrease when I’m using Innowalk, and this effect lasts for up to 24 hours. The stiffness I feel is reduced, and my body feels freer after a session in Innowalk. I have more energy to tackle daily life with MS when I’m physically active, and I look forward to the session every single day”
May-Britt's experiences with Innowalk
- Increased activity level
- Sense of wellbeing from stretching the entire body
- Significant reduction in spasms
- Less stiffness in the body and especially the legs
- Increased energy level
- Good for psychological wellbeing and mood
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system
- It is not known what causes MS but research suggests it is a combination of genetic predisposition and external factors
- MS destroys the insulating sheath (myelin) around nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord
- The course and symptoms of the disease vary from person to person
- There is currently no cure for MS but it is possible to slow its progression and treat the symptoms