The SitWalking Exercise Is Based On A Patented Methodology
The Evolution of SitWalking
In 2005, an extremely frail 84-year-old woman was evaluated for physical therapy. Her physical deterioration had progressed to a point that walking across her living room – no more than 20 feet – left her breathless and in pain. She was being encouraged by her physician to enter an assisted living facility which she did not want to do. An in-home physical therapy evaluation to assess the likelihood of restoring her strength indicated strength increasing exercise was wholly beyond her physical capacity.
Seeking any activity the patient could safely engage in, her physical therapist spotted the treadle of a forgotten old sewing machine. She was asked if she could move the treadle and they found she could with no discomfort. She was instructed to engage in this exercise for 15-20 minutes each day. There was no expectation it would significantly improve her health, but any activity held the promise of helping somewhat.
To the therapist's surprise, within a week or so her pain, stamina and energy all improved. Using only this exercise she was able to rebound enough to start engaging in strength increasing exercises.
By 60 days, she was walking a quarter mile during each physical therapy/exercise session.
Seeing such incredible results, the therapist began using this technique with other patients. Wanting to understand if what had been observed with the recovery of the 84-year-old was a fluke or if it had wider applications, the new found method was used with patients having a range of capabilities, diseases and conditions, some with multiple diseases and conditions.
In most cases similar improved results were noted along with other unexpected benefits.
The SitWalking Exercise Device was developed to provide near-zero resistance and momentum assistance to support patients attaining a high number of repetitions for 15-30 minutes without stress. This easy exercise results in increased circulation being maintained for many more minutes than an exercise requiring the muscles to work hard. This easy exercise results in the walking motion being achieved for a thousand or more repetitions or "steps" which can result in improved balance and an improved walking gait.
The SitWalking Device was engineered to provide ergonomic positioning while exercising. The risk of repetitive motion injury in the knees and hips is essentially eliminated by exercising in a naturally ergonomic position.
Finally, based on many observations, a methodology patent application was submitted with patent approval received in February 2011.