An innovative walking aid for CP children
Weak postural control and especially lack of selective control of the gluteal muscles are a common problem in the ambulant CP child, walking with or without a walking aid. An immature gait pattern with a lot of co-contraction and overuse of flexion in the lower limbs very often leads to a crouch gait pattern over time. Compensation for this poor selectivity and muscle weakness is a prolonged contraction of the hamstring during the support phase in gait. Particularly during periods of rapid growth this altered neurologic and musculoskeletal function leads to bony deformities and lever arm dysfunction.
After surgery the original brain lesion is not solved and unfortunately pelvic instability remains difficult to treat. The Hibbot is developed to train the muscles during walking by giving the child just the support that is needed and nothing more. This individual modularity together with hands-free walking are the most innovative characteristics of this innovative walking aid.
A unique set of funcionalities
1. Hands-free walking and no frame in front of the child
2. Adjusting poor postural control and weak balance
• Movement of the pelvis/trunk can be limited in 3 directions by an adjustable spring system which is connected with the brace.
• Stability compass enables the device stability for the user when wavering.
• Backward brake allows to avoid the child from falling backwards, increasing the trust of the child in the device
• Weights added on the end bottom side give an upward force for the patient and compensate muscle weakness
3. Protection from falling
• Lateral rods touch the ground at forward or lateral fall. Rods are individually adjustable in height.
4. Growing with the child
An important prerequisite to start Hibbot training is the absence of major structural anomalies in the lower limbs.
• Adjustable frame and larger wheels.