New non-invasive portable device improves walking for Parkinson's disease patients. Daniel Neal from Palm Springs, CA, gains the ability and confidence to put his cane down and travel the world again.
Palm Springs, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2009 -- New non-invasive portable device improves walking for Parkinson's disease patients. Daniel Neal from Palm Springs, CA, gains the ability and confidence to put his cane down and travel the world again.
When asked about his new walking aid, a high tech pair of goggles, Daniel Neal wittily replies: "They are my superman glasses and I can see through your clothes!"
Although these glasses do not give Daniel super powers, they are bringing back to this young hearted, cheerful man his confidence allowing him to once again be a happy world traveler.
Daniel shares from his last trip to South Africa, "The train, an 1890's refurbished work of art, hit every bump for three days. The train was beautiful and very elegant. but it had absolutely no suspension. When I finally got off the train, I could not take a step without falling. I immediately put on my glasses, and they helped immensely. Just knowing that I have them to use if I get in a jam gives me a lot of confidence, too."
Daniel Neal's walking has been seriously affected by Parkinson's disease. For years now he had to use a cane to walk safely. For him the improvement with the GaitAid was immediate, allowing him to feel safe enough to walk without his cane. Daniel says, "Initially, as soon as I put the glasses on, I walked and turned corners and went through door thresholds as if I had never had Parkinson's. Now, after my trip, I start and stop some and my walk is not as liquid. I still think they are a miracle, and I am so glad I have them. Of course I have put a lot of miles on this old body of mine in the last six weeks."
The GaitAid device is a non-invasive, risk-free aid which brings about a lasting improvement in walking. The portable GaitAid unit clips onto the patient's pants. A computer processor inside the device measures walking movement. The processor feedbacks the walking movement by providing visual and auditory cues through special glasses and earphones. To train with the GaitAid, one takes a walk for 5-30 minutes while wearing the device. The feedback mechanism provides rewarding stimuli to good movement making the training enjoyable. Patients often report high motivation during their training.
Often the improvement is immediate and builds up during the first two to four weeks of daily practice.
To contact Mr. Neil for interview or for more information about the GaitAid, including clinical trials, testimonials, videos and ordering information for a 30 day at home trial period, visit:
Contact Audrey Holmes-Baram
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