Name of the Technology : Crawling Machine for Paraplegics
Disability Sector : Locomotor Disability
Function : Mobility/ Holding aids, Exercise and recreation, Home Healthcare aids
Category of research : New technology/product (not existing in the country)
Brief description of the product/ technology:
Crawling (horizontal to and fro exercise) has been recognized by research and rehab sports experts as an effective exercise where to strengthen the entire body especially the back and the cardiovascular system.Horizontal to and fro exercise is one of the most important exercise for paraplegics that engages most muscles of the body at the same time. Crawling Machine for paraplegics has been designed after intense research on a paraplegic patient (for D12 & L1 condition) which works on the entire body, When the crawling starts it warms up arms, upper body and lower body. This device can make a paraplegic crawl without any assistance which can lead to recovery. In a crawling position, the hands and legs are glided. In this exercise all the muscles are relaxed, especially lower back and neck, it targets strengthening, straining our lower back, hips and thighs.
This system has lot of scope in the long run. The thought process of this system is being clubbed with other important equipment's which check for the exactness of some essential biological parameters. One can expect a great and fast recovery of the paraplegics using this machine.
Readiness level of the product/technology: Alpha level validated through user feedback
Anticipated time to reach the next readiness level: 9 to 12 months
Anticipated time for the technology/product to come in the market: 18 to 24 months
Any Hindrance(s) being faced w.r.t. the development of product/technology: Lack of Funds, Lack of Industry Partner
Anticipated cost: Not Available
P.Shiva Subhashini, Associate Dean ATL, BVRIT Dr.B.V.Raju Institute of Technology
Vishnupur, Narsapur Medak Dist.