CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION

Multiple Scleroses

HOW CAN A BERKELBIKE HELP IN THE CASE OF MS?

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it is important to stay fit and keep your muscles flexible and healthy. Unfortunately, this can be very difficult with MS.

The condition causes muscle weakness, balance problems, a lack of energy and a reduced function of the musculoskeletal system. This means, walking and cycling often become increasingly difficult.

THE BENEFITS OF A BERKELBIKE
  • A stable tricycle
  • Suitable for electrical support
  • Available in a fixed frame model
  • Can be driven by both the arms and legs
  • Can be adapted to attach to your own wheelchair
THE ADDED VALUE OF A BERKELBIKE
  • Being able to go out by yourself
  • Positive influence on the brain
  • Improves the overall condition
  • Renders the muscles flexible, loose and relaxed
  • Distributes the power over both arms and both legs
Health benefits of the BerkelBike

For many multiple sclerosis patients that are using a BerkelBike it is a way to stay fit. They feel fitter because they go out on the BerkelBike regularly. Research has shown that highly fit multiple sclerosis patients perform significantly better on test of cognitive function than similar less-fit patients.

Aerobic fitness has a protective effect on parts of the brain that are most affected by MS. As a result, these fitter patients show better performance on tasks that measure processing speed. Physically fit MS patients also had fewer lesions compared to those who were not as fit and the lesions tended to be smaller.

How does the BerkelBike work?

With the BerkelBike it’s possible to use both the arms and the legs to cycle. The arm pieces of the bike are connected through a chain to the leg parts. The locomotive functions of the arms are usually better than in the legs for people with multiple sclerosis.

Usually the legs are able to push the pedals out, but struggle to make a nice cycling movement. The connection with the arms relieves the pressure on the legs and provides an extra energy boost. The three wheels take away any balance issues. Using the BerkelBike offers an easy way to travel and gives multiple sclerosis therapy too. The results are surprising.

LISA GREEN – RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WITH MS

Lisa Green was a fanatic athlete for years, until she was diagnosed with MS in 1998. After her diagnosis, training became difficult for her.

“Last year, a friend told me about the BerkelBike. Obviously I was crazy when I could move again, also because I knew it was my own body that caused the movement! Of course my legs grew tired after a few miles, but then my arms could take over.

I could ride more than 20 miles, through Colorado’s beautiful autumn landscape. I enjoyed, to say the least, every second! I was very impressed after the test ride, it was definitely the highlight of 2012. “

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