Where and when can I use the device?
We recommend using the device whenever walking or sitting. It is great for leisurely strolls in the countryside or city. You can use it essentially in any place where your movements are typical, such as when meeting up with friends, at work or at parties.
Do not use the ReMoD V5.0 walking aid while driving; the electric impulses can be too distracting. We also advise you not to wear the device while gardening or during domestic tasks, such as hanging laundry or cleaning windows: these tasks require an unnatural posture, which the device would identify as wrong movement and would thus send you unnecessary or misleading impulses. Moreover, keep away from moist areas.
How often should I wear it?
You can use the device as frequently as you like. According to the past, but not sufficiently scientifically verified experience, it is recommended to train 30 to 60 minutes every day. Test for yourself how long it is pleasant and without any side effects. During prolonged use some people react with skin irritations in the area of the electrodes. Test for yourself how long it is pleasant and without any side effects. During prolonged use some people react with skin irritations in the area of the electrodes.
My husband has a lateral flexion of the trunk. ‘’Pisa syndrome’’, which causes him a lot of pain. During therapy he works intensively on standing straight again, however never really knows if he is standing upright or not. Sometimes he asks me if he is standing upright – normally in these cases he is not. I would like to know if your ‘’walking aid’’ can help him?
If your husband’s lateral flexion of the trunk is due to the Pisa syndrome on the basis of previous, but not sufficiently scientifically verified, experience we think that our ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid might be able to help him when walking. The device would send him an electric impulse as soon as he stands or walks tilted. Ask your doctor or therapist if they would deem our device appropriate for his case.
I have a minor spinal curvature. Will the device be able to help me?
Unfortunately, we cannot help you with your spinal curvature. But if you tend to have a bad attitude for whatever reason, our ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid could help you. As soon as you move into an incorrect posture the ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid will react. You can then correct yourself conveniently and independently. You can set up how much the fault must be when you receive a signal.
If I do not focus on my posture I walk crooked without even noticing. It looks terrible!
In this case ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid could help you. As soon as you move into an incorrect posture, the ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid will make you aware of it. You can then put yourself back into an upright position and thus easily avoid crookedness.
I have a crooked sitting posture. This causes me strong back pain. Will the ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid correct my sitting position?
Yes. TheReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aidwill be able to help you to sit upright. As such, you can prevent damage to the spine. Use the device whenever you sit. An electronic impulse will immediately alert you if you unintentionally move into a wrong posture.
I have a daughter with severe scoliosis and I am interested to know if a device from ReMoD would be a possibility for her.
We have not been able to gain experience with scoliosis. As long as patients can independently place themselves into an upright position, ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid should be able to support them. As opposed to a corset, which straps the body into a rigid position, our device is flexible and encourages an active, organic, long-term correction by the patient him or herself.
However if the bones (rib etc.) are fused then unfortunately our devices will not be able to help your daughter.
I walk with bent knees. This is very exhausting and pain-inducing. As a further consequence of this, my hip falls and my spine is crooked. Can you help me?
A ReMoD walking aid for the legs is under development. The device will send you an electrical impulse when you do not straighten your legs properly or your hips falls on one side. The ReMoD V5.0 Type 2 leg component is in development.
When I walk I overstretch my knees. This causes big problems for me.
In this case, we hope soon to be able to support you with the forthcoming leg component of the ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid to assist even more effectively while walking. The device will send you an electrical impulse as soon as you overstretch your leg, prompting you to put your knee back into the right position.
My legs are difficult to coordinate and I also have difficulty directing my steps. My knees are unstable. Can you help me?
In this case, we hope soon to be able to support you with the forthcoming leg component of the ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid to assist even more effectively while walking. The leg component should be able to help by indicating when you steer your legs in the wrong direction.
While walking, my foot hangs unstably. In order not to stumble over my own foot, I have to move my leg in a big arc around my body. Can you help me?
Unfortunately, our devices would not help you as your case does not depend on postural correction or bad habits. The same applies to the pointed foot. However, there are already many other electronic aids that may be more effective in helping you with your particular problem.
I have difficulty moving my arm / hand. Can ReMoD help me?
The devices from ReMoD have been developed to improve the gait. Unfortunately we currently cannot help with cases of arm or hand paralysis. However in time we hope to expand into this area.
Because of a cerebral haemorrhage with a subsequent stroke I have been half-sided paralyzed since 2012. Meanwhile, an ActiGait system has been implanted into my leg, which has already achieved good results. Unfortunately, my posture is still bad, and in particular my arm shows no progress.
The legislator prohibits the use of an electrostimulator in conjunction with an active implant such as the Actigait.
I am the mother of a spastic left-hemiparetic girl baby (1.6 years old). She is currently undergoing physiotherapy and occupational therapy. I am anxious about what my daughter’s future will hold.
From our perspective, at this age, physiotherapy is the best help you can offer your child. Our devices can help your daughter only when she is able to understand and accept her condition.
Our devices provide the patient with paraplegia with necessary information for proprioception, information on the perception of body movement and position in space and their relationship to each other. This is information which is lacking due to paralysis, but which is an indispensable prerequisite for walking. They do not actively improve the attitude, but demand a correction on their own. However, the prerequisite for this is that the patient knows that
1. its movements are faulty and
2. Perform the required movement (special walking training may be required).
So if someone is sitting in a wheelchair, our device can help him to sit straight, but not help to go.
My husband has arthritis in his hip. His posture is extremely cramped (shoulder girdle oblique, twisting longitudinal axis, insecure walk). Your device gives us hope, because it has exactly the approach we seek of combatting persistent posture and movement problems.
Our device helps to avoid pain caused by an abnormal posture of the body. However, your husband’s case works in the opposite way: he holds his body diagonally because of the pre-existing pain. It is therefore an avoidance posture. Due to the arthritis, your husband also experiences pain even when he is walking straight. Our devices unfortunately cannot prevent his pain and therefore would also be ineffective against the avoidance posture.
Can everybody use your devices?
In general, yes. However, those who have an active implant such as a cardiac pacemaker, are currently pregnant, suffer from epilepsy or have an electricity hypersensitivity, should not wear our ReMoD devices.
Our ReMoD V5.0 provides the patient with the necessary information for proprioception, that is, information on the perception of body movement and position in the room. The device does not actively improve the posture, but asks the patient to perform a posture correction on his own.
So if someone is sitting in a wheelchair, ReMoD V5.0 Type 1 walking aid can help him sit straight, but not help. Our devices force the patient to nothing, but show him what he should do with electrical signals.
Contraindications and use restrictions
• Electrostimulation and / or electrotherapy devices may be used in patients with active implants (such as pacemakers, defibrillators) and metallic implants, but only after reinsurance with the device and implant manufacturers.
• Sensitized skin, e.g. Z.n. Radiotherapy, burns
• Skin defects (injuries, ulceration) and acute inflammation of the skin and the skin in the electrode support area
• The use of the device is also contraindicated if the patient and / or the necessary auxiliary person is not able to recognize the risk, extent, application and implementation principles.
• In case of pregnancy, an application should be made only after reinsurance with the equipment manufacturers and the attending physician / gynecologist.
Does health insurance cover the costs of the electronic walking aid?
Health insurance companies do not accept the costs of a medical device until it has been officially authorized and approved. We will apply for this. But this can take a very long time. Until then, the health insurance company will bear the costs for our devices only in exceptional cases. Usually, the patient has to pay for the device on his own.