Navigation Links
New Hope for Walking Normally, Living Better With Cerebral Palsy

High-Tech Yet Simple Device "Rewires" Brain, Improves and Restores Balance, Normal Walking

Haifa, Israel (PRWEB) May 17, 2009 -- From now on, "virtual reality" has a whole new meaning for people with Cerebral Palsy who want to improve their balance and walk normally again.

The GaitAid Virtual Walker, a nonprescription virtual-reality device, represents a significant advance for Cerebral Palsy patients. Developed by MIT-educated Computer Science Professor Yoram Baram, PhD, it consists of a cell-phone-size, lightweight control unit and a set of comfortable high-tech goggles that provide sensory feedback of visual images and sounds in response to the patient's movements.

Worn for practice-walking just 20-30 minutes a day, GaitAid improves walking (sometimes from the first step) and "rewires" the wearer's brain to follow a healthier walking pattern--an effect that often continues even when it isn't being worn.

Yoram Baram, a computer science professor and incumbent of the Roy Matas / Winnipeg Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, developed the GaitAid Virtual Walker in collaboration with several neurologists specializing in treating Cerebral Palsy and other movement disorders.

In clinical studies (see with children and young adults with CP, 80% of patients experienced an improvement in stride length and walking speed after only ten minutes of walking with the GaitAid. Participants reported an improved feeling of balance and confidence in walking.

Origin of the GaitAid Virtual Walker:

The idea for the GaitAid project was sparked 12 years ago while Professor Baram was designing a mechanism for NASA to navigate low-flying helicopters around obstacles. The concept of the design, which Baram later applied to the GaitAid Virtual Walker, is that the optical images of objects help the observer navigate, stabilize, and pace movement in space.

For more information on the GaitAid Virtual Walker, contact:

email: support(at)
or by phone 888-777-9906.


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. AstraZeneca Leads Local Walking Movement
2. AstraZeneca Joins Local Walking Movement
3. Man Walking to California for Son Approaching Finish Line
4. Walking prevents bone loss caused from prostate cancer treatment
5. Computer calls can talk couch potatoes into walking, Stanford study finds
6. Regular Walking Protects the Aging Brain
7. Gain a Foothold on Winter Walking Safety
8. Donny Osmond, American Heart Association Team Up to Get Americans Walking
9. UCLA scientists restore walking after spinal cord injury
10. Biking, Walking Best for New Knees
11. Sleep deprivation used to diagnose sleepwalking
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
New Hope for Walking Normally, Living Better With Cerebral Palsy
(Date:6/25/2016)... Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of ... Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for a Fair Minimum ... by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same rate as the ... wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. , The company ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Las Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing ... Grove, in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)...  MedSource announced today that it has selected ... of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment ... clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture ... as the EDC platform of choice in exchange ... has long been a preferred EDC platform by ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... date financial data derived from varied research sources to present ... impact on the market during the next five years, including ... sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: