Experience and documentation

An investigation of whether gross motor function, joint mobility and spasticity in the lower limbs of children with CP can be affected by using the “Innowalk” motorized training and stimulation aid.
By Hege M. Hansen, manual therapist

The text is a summary of a Master’s thesis in Manual Therapy at the University of Bergen, 2014

The approach of the study was to investigate how gross motor function, joint mobility and spasticity in the lower limbs of a child with CP can be affected by using a motorised training and stimulation aid. The results from GMFM-66 and measurement of joint mobility show that it is possible to achieve a positive change in both gross motor function and joint mobility using the aid in question.

Article in ”Barnestafetten” Issue 56/2009
Innowalk – Experience from two counties in Norway

Experiences so far has shown that Innowalk can improve or maintain endurance, stomach functioning and posture control. In addition several users improved joint movement and for one user, Botox treatment was no longer indicated after the trial period ended.

InnoWalk as an aid for stimulation and activation - summary of project experiences from NAV (NAV - The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service)
Innowalk as an aid for stimulation and activation

Experiences so far have shown that Innowalk can be a relevant aid for stimulation and activation for children with server difficulties moving. Children who have trialed the aid have experienced increased movement, better sleep, better gastrointestinal function and reduced spasms. Some children have improved their waling function. Whether the aid is appropriate for the individual child is clarified after the trail period.



Case – 3 year old girl with Rett syndrom

Evaluation done by Habilitation Service in Vestfold county Norway: Used the Innowalk 30-60 min every day during one year. Improvements are recorded on gastrointestinal function, circulation, walking ability and muscle strength.

Case - 13 year old girl with CP GMFCS IV

Evaluation done by Habilitation Service in Vestfold county Norway: Used the Innowalk for 60 min every day for one year. Innowalk corrects asymmetry in hips and upper body.  Full stretch in knees is not possible because of pain. Reimer’s index April 2011: Right hip: 39% (48% June 2010). Improvements are recorded on gastrointestinal function and walking ability in the NF-Walker.

Case - 4,5 year old boy with CP GMFCS V

Evaluation done by Habilitation Service in Vestfold county Norway: Daily activity in the Innowalk for about 60 min. Improvements are recorded on digestion and head control. Movement in the Innowalk seems to have good mucus mobilizing effect on the child.

Case - 9,5 year old boy with Acquired brain injury

Evaluation done by Habilitation Service in Vestfold county Norway: Uses normally neck collar in all positions because of low head control. After 4 months in the Innowalk neck collar can be removed when the child is positioned in the Innowalk. Control of head for shorter periods of time. Improvements are also recorded on gastrointestinal function.

Case - Report written by Physiotherapist at a clinic in Germany after Innowalk trial on a patient.

Continuous training with the Innowalk will provide the patient with decisive support in the attainment of the therapy goals. Such as improvement of the joint mobility, muscle strength, sensitivity normalization, improved cardiovascular situation and better tolerance of a standing position.

Case - Physiotherapeutic evaluation after Innowalk trial on a patient in Germany

It is extremely important from a physiotherapeutic point of view that the patient should over the long term achieve target oriented and high quality muscle tone regulation in order to prevent consequential damage such as server hip dislocation or a scoliosis. Innowalk outstandingly supplement the patients therapeutic treatment. Prescription of this device is therefore recommended.

Case - Physiotherapeutic evaluation after Innowalk trial on a patient in Germany

Regular training with the Innowalk is an optimal option for the patient to support and promote gait safety and performance. In addition the Innowalk enables hip and knee joints to be mobilized and subjected to load. Head and torso control are also actively and positively challenged. The use of the Innowalk provides an additional effect on cardiovascular system, metabolism, perception  and coordination.

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Poster at European Seating Symposium
Assisted movement

Effect of assisted movement in a standing position on children with former disabilities over a period of one year. To provide assisted movement the helping aid Innowalk was used. 13 children was involved in the project. All children were tested before they started up with the helping aid, after 4 weeks, 4 months and 12 months of use.

Poster at 28th International Seating Symposium Vancouver, Canada. March 2012
Improved gait and gastrointestinal function following Innowalk trial

Evaluation on gait and gastrointestinal function in a 13 year old child with CP GMFCS III. Improvements was seen in range of motion on the hip, gastrointestinal function, resistance against rapid passive stretch, and walking function.

Poster at 30th International Seating Symposium, Vancouver, Canada. March 2014
Effect of a motion therapy device on the hip joints of children with bilateral spastic CP, GMFCS IV/V aged 6 to 10 years, as a procedure embedded in the conductive multi therapy system.

The study show that the motion therapy device(Innowalk) have direct effect on the hip joint of children with CP. Effects on the range of motion and mucle tone was documented. Duration of the intervention (3 months) was a determining factor.





«My client uses the Innowalk at school. With the Innowalk, my client can train and stretch his legs,
and at the same study and learn at school.»

– Physical Therapist


«I have a disease called Proteus Syndrome, and it is quite progressed. After I turned 12 I began to move less and less,
and I completely stopped walking and moving by the time I turned 15/16 years old. I noticed I became more and more stiff.
In May of 2008, I had to amputate my left leg just over my knee. I was able to move to the bed and sofa with a wheelchair,
but it was difficult and I pulled my muscles a lot. Before I was amputated, I saw the Innowalk on TV and I thought to myself right
away that I wanted to have one of those! I asked my therapist if we could apply for one. At first she said no, but luckily she agreed in the end.
Now I use the Innowalk anywhere from 20 to 80 minutes almost every day. I’ve noticed that I have become stronger and it’s much easier
for me to move around. I almost never pull my muscles anymore! I am very satisfied with the Innowalk!»

– User



Our 4 year old girl has enjoyed using both the Innowalk and the NF-Walker. After she received the Innowalk,
she has actually started to move her legs by herself in the NF-Walker. Now she is more physically active.»

– Physical Therapist

We chose the Innowalk because it gives the closest “normal walking” training as possible, and it’s so easy!
The movement is the closest to being anatomically correct, which is invaluable for children who are trying to build themselves
back up after an injury. It is an especially fantastic tool for us therapists who use the Normal Movement principals. Training to stand
is often passive for children in this group. Innowalk is active, and that’s what I as a therapist want to see more of. Also, it’s fun to use,
and that means an increased motivation to train with it. There is only ONE thing that I would change about it: That it would come in
larger sizes for taller children! Some children are already 170cm tall by the time they are 13 years old….and the last time I was testing
the Innowalk, I asked about this. I’m not sure if you have looked further into this matter, but I hope you do! Remember that
training and activity aids are granted (by the state) until the age of 26!»

– Occupational Therapist