CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

WHAT CAN A BERKELBIKE SIGNIFY IN THE CASE OF A SCI?

A SCI is caused by damage to the nerves in the spinal cord. There are several ways this can happen. In cases where the nerves are partially damaged, we speak of an incomplete SCI. A SCI leads to a weakening of the muscles and a slowing down of blood circulation in the lower half of the body, which results in the appearance of diverse health problems. The BerkelBike enables people – in spite of a SCI – to actively train their legs on a daily basis in an enjoyable manner.

LIZZIE TENCH – REVIEW BERKELBIKE PRO

Lizzie has always been sporty, but unfortunately she was involved in an accident where a car with trailer bumped into her.

After her recovery, she wanted to keep moving, but with her first FES bike she could not cycle outside or get a full body training. She decided to buy a BerkelBike. This way she can cycle whenever she feels like it. She cycles two to three times a week on the BerkelBike, alongside other activities.

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THE BENEFITS OF A BERKELBIKE
  • Easy to transport (in a car)
  • Apt for use both indoors and outdoors
  • Uses combined arm and leg drive
  • Available in a model with a fixed frame
  • Available in a model that can be coupled with your own wheelchair
THE ADDED VALUE OF A BERKELBIKE
  • Increases muscle mass and flexibility
  • Increases flexibility
  • Diminishes the frequency of spasms
  • Improves blood flow and bowel movement
  • A more effective fitness and strength training than a handbike can offer
HOW DOES A BERKELBIKE FUNCTION?

The BerkelBike was originally designed to help people with a SCI to train in an active and more complete way. People with an incomplete SCI have diminished strength in their legs. Thus they often don’t have the necessary strength to cycle on a normal bike.

The great advantage of the BerkelBike is that during cycling, the legs are supported by the strength and coordination of the arms. In this way, you are still able to apply the strength that is left in your legs. With intense training, it is even possible to recover some of the function in your legs.

What is Functional Electrical Stimulation?

If you have a reduced sensibility in your legs due to a transverse lesion, the BerkelBike can be equipped with functional electrical stimulation. This means that electrical impulses are sent via electrodes to the nerve endings in the legs. These impulses cause the muscles to contract. The system is configured that the muscles perform a cycling motion.

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WHICH BENEFITS HAS A BERKELBIKE FOR MY HEALTH?

The BerkelBike has shown that it can support the rehabilitation process after a SCI, but besides, there are many other positive effects as well. For example, the BerkelBike minimizes the risk of developing a decubitus and prevents the loss of muscle tissue. Physical activity, moreover, not only has positive effects on the body, but also on the spirit. Movement provides a good and healthy feeling throughout the day.

Another important health benefit of the BerkelBike is that the BerkelBike stimulates both the arms and the legs toward movement. The leg muscles are the largest muscle group in the human body. These muscles must be trained in order to become physically fit in an optimal manner. The blood circulation in the lower body improves, and this will help the rehabilitation process after a SCI.

The level of the incomplete SCI determines the functioning and the restrictions of the body. We offer different accessories which give you the support you need in order to be able to cycle, even for people with a high incomplete SCI; often this is combined with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).