Vrouw loopt met een parkinson-rollator met verstelbare signalen

Multiple researches show the benefits of rollator use in Parkinson's disease. Discover and download the researches below.

Research paper

Walking improves through use of newly discovered compensation strategies

Freezing of gait can be predicted on the basis of the gait speed, stride length, step frequency and duration of the uni- and bipedal phase. The extent to which these predictive parameters change prior to a freezing of gait are mainly based on a study population that does not use medication to suppress Parkinson's disease symptoms.

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Auditory, visual and tactile cues can break the freeze of gait

The study included people who use a walker in daily life

A recent study conducted by the research group Assistive Technology for Mobility and Sports and Expert Centre Human Movement Technology from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, shows that 80% of the Parkinson’s patients who participated in the research benefited from using Rollz’s Parkinson’s walker with different cues.

Rollz awards and collaborations

Woman walking stable with a Parkinson rollator with cues

The thought behind the Parkinson's rollator

Meant for people living with specific neurological diseases

In 2017 we found out that a big part of Rollz users were people with Parkinson’s disease. The market research showed that current Parkinson's rollators do not meet the needs of someone living with Parkinson's. We discussed the findings with several medical specialists and realised it was necessary to design the first Parkinson's rollator that meets the European Standards regarding safety and health risks.

The Rollz Motion Rhythm features multiple stimuli to help the user take the first step, make subsequent steps, or maintain a walking rhythm. The stability of this rollator prevents falls that could occur due to balance problems. In addition, the cues overcome freezing or festinating gait patterns. A projected laser line could help to trigger the user to break a freeze. A metronome or the repeating vibration in the handles can further help to set the walking pace.

Case study conducted by The OT Service

The life-changing capacity of a Parkinson's rollator

The study revels how the unique features of Rollz's Parkinson's rollator had a dramatic impact on the mobility of someone living with the disease who was showing symptoms of a stooped posture, masked expression and slow motor co-ordination. In addition, he was also presenting with a shuffling gait and freezing while mobilising, particularly at threshes where there were changes in colour or texture under foot.

A trial of the Rollz Motion Rhythm rollator was recommended as a method of increasing confidence and consequently engagement of meaningful activities.

Parkinson patient walking with a Parkinson rollator to overcome freezing