CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION

Multiple Sclerosis

What CAN the BERKELBIKE offer to people with MS?

It is particularly difficult for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to stay fit and keep their muscles flexible and healthy. MS causes muscle weakness, balance problems, a lack of energy and a reduced function of the musculoskeletal system. This translates to difficulties in walking and cycling. The BerkelBike has been developed keeping in mind these challenges and offers people with MS the option to cycle and train their muscles in a comfortable way.

THE BENEFITS OF A BERKELBIKE
  • A stable tricycle
  • Suitable for electrical support
  • Available in a fixed frame model
  • Distributes the power over both arms and both legs
  • Attachable to a wheelchair
THE ADDED VALUE OF A BERKELBIKE
  • Ability to train independently indoors or outdoors
  • Increases cognitive functions
  • Improves fitness and health
  • Renders the muscles flexible, loose and relaxed
  • Fewer and smaller lesions
Health benefits of the BerkelBike

The BerkelBike offers a great way to stay fit by enabling people with MS to go outside and exercise regularly and independently. The tricycle is designed so that cycling is comfortable and allows people with disabilities to be mobile and increase their fitness. Those who exercise regularly and are physically fit suffer from fewer and smaller lesions. Additionally, research has shown that people who are more fit perform better in testing cognitive functions that measure processing speed; aerobic fitness appears to have a protective effect on the parts of the brain most affected by MS.

How does the BerkelBike work?

The BerkelBike combines arm and the leg movements to power the bicycle; the arm pieces are connected through a chain to the leg parts. This is beneficial since the locomotive functions of the arms are usually better than those of the legs for people with MS. The connection with the arms relieves the pressure on the legs and provides an extra energy boost. The design of the tricycle ensures enough balance and the combination of arm and leg movement makes cycling on the BerkelBike comfortable and enables it to be used in therapy.

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