Our Assistive Gear is
Different for a reason.
Designed with Research.
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The Benefits of Riding Recumbent Trikes
"The introduction of the trike after my heart issue, saved my life!"
-Wendle, Recumbent Rider
"My husband and I were able to continue our adventures, even with two oxygen tanks strapped to the back of the trikes! And I was able to get off the oxygen all together! And I attribute that to riding my recumbent trike!"
-Joan, Recumbent Rider
"How do I get on it?!" - Capturing the benefits of riding a Trike
This was the start of designing the Thrive Cycling Assistive Arm. Although the benefits to riding recumbent trikes has been proven, many still face the challenge of "How do I get on it?" Once people were introduced to our Assistive Arms, even clients with special requirements due to limitations from stroke, prosthesis, knee surgery, Parkinson's, MS, Ataxia were able to get on the recumbent trike and ride with little assistance using the Assistive Arms.
Potential benefits to riding recumbent trikes include:
- Weight loss
- Decrease of medications
- "Smiles by the mile"
- Increased socialization
- More mobility & increased sit-to-stand motion.
- Compatibility in doing rides with family (whether around the block, down the street or across the country),
- Rediscovered health and adventure
- Discovered a shared activity even with balance issues from aging
- Discovered that they could ride again after knee, neck, back and heart surgery
- Rediscovered the JOY of riding again!
- People with Ataxia, Parkinson's, MS, PTSD, prosthetics and other physical issues were all able to ride and find comfort on the recumbent trike. Being physically mobile and FREE on their own terms without a wheelchair or walker provided smiles from ear-to-ear!
- There is a lack of specialized equipment for home rehabilitation. (NIH Fact Sheet Accessed 6/2/2012)
- Range of Motion increased using recumbent cycling. (Kerr, Raferty, Moffat, Morian 2007)
- Exercise based therapy reduces depression and the likelihood of falls. (Byers, Sheeran, Mlodxianoqski, Myers, Nassissi & Bruce 2008)
- Heart rate recovery decreased recurrence of strokes. (Guaillauria, Lucci, Pietrosante, Gargiulo & Delorenzo 2006)
- Falls can decrease with increased mobility. (Serra-Rexach, Bustamante-Ara & Villara 2011)
- Leisure time physical activity benefits patient survival. (Gerber, Y. et al 2011)
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I would like to thank the American Society on Aging for providing me with the opportunity to present at the National Conference in Chicago 2015 "Aging in America". The topic title for the presentation was "Recumbent Trike or Wheelchair? Oh, MY! "Smiles by the Mile", Mobility, Transportation and Healthy options for assistive devices!"