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Advances in Adult Walkers

Adult walkers were once considered as complicated assistive equipment.

Outmoded adult walkers include supports and protective harnesses that were too burdensome for a person to use.Obsolete adult walkers also damage not only the walls and floors, but also the users’ feet and ankle. Outdated adult walkers require too much energy from the users to move the devices.

Modern adult walkers do not anymore have the irrelevant supports and protected harnesses.Themodern-day adult walkersdo not anymore harm the users’ home as well as the body of the users. Most importantly, present-day adult walkers are not anymore too heavy to move.

Adult walkers play an important role in the medical world. These assistive devices are favored not just of their simple design, but also for their rehabilitation potential. Unlike other mobility solutions, the adult walkers embolden users to move and walk more often.

Studies have shown that patients who are more active recover faster than those who maintain a sedentary lifestyle. Adult walkers thus prevent the premature and deteriorative use of wheelchairs.

Adult walkers are prescribed by health care professionals in order to increase the patients’ mobility as well as assist them in maintaining balance. These ambulationtools raise the sense of safety and confidence of the users. In the long run, adult walkers boost the users’ participation in activities and independence.

The physiological advantages of these walking aids include reducing cardiopulmonary deconditioning, limiting osteoporosis and improving peripheral circulation.

All walkers are designed with the basic frame. There are many types of walkers though. One category of walkers is based on their ground contact configuration.

The four-legged frame of the standard type is designed with rubber tips. Users of the standard type have to have good upper body strength and they have to lift the equipment when moving forward. This lifting method results to the users’ unnatural gait.

The front-wheeled type is for those with weak upper extremities. This type of device is also ideal for those who have the tendency to fall backwards when lifting the equipment such as patients with Parkinson’s disease. The front-wheeled produces a more natural walking pattern.

The four-wheeled type, also known as the rollator, is the favored form of walker. Although the four-wheeled offers the least stability, this tool produces the most natural gait. There is no need to pick up this device as the wheels of the rollators simply roll and pivot.

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