4 Channels of electrical stimulation can be used to assist the totally or incompletely paralysed legs to participate in the activity of indoor rowing. Use of the upper limbs is important to operate the system. An adapted seat is placed onto a standard indoor rowing machine, to assist further with balance and stability if required.
The benefits of incorporating the large muscle groups of the legs into an activity like rowing include:
- Improved cardio-vascular fitness
- Consequent reduction of potential secondary complications of long-term wheelchair use, being:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Poor lower limb circulation
- Muscle wasting