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How does WALK work?

WALK targets "spinal excitability". WALK stimulates muscles to modulate excitability and reduce walking related symptoms in Parkinson's Disease.

 

Walking is an automatic activity. One does not usually think about the action of walking while doing so. This is because the spinal cord manages a significant part of the coordination. In Parkinson's, the communication between the brain and spinal cord is abnormal, which causes symptoms such as freezing of gait and slowness. A basic analogy is something like this: If the brain sent one unit of current to the spinal cord, which activated it to manage walking, in Parkinson's that one unit reduces to half a unit. By stimulating the thigh muscles, we are enabling the spinal cord to function better with this reduced supply from the brain.

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WALK device gamified therapy

How to integrate WALK into your daily routine

WALK should be used an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. It can be worn during morning and evening walks, and individuals can use the gamified therapies in the WALK mobile application along with general walking.

Using the WALK App

The WALK mobile application has two main features that the caregiver should use: the Trends chart and the reports section inside it. The trends chart shows walking and balance scores and needs to be monitored after starting any new therapy or modifying an existing therapy. Any sudden changes or drops in the chart can indicate an increased risk of falls and it is important to get your doctor's opinion for the same. The report can be shown to the doctor for additional information

WALK mobile application
WALK device patient analytics report

How to contribute

We have a number of scientific and clinical initiatives where your experience as a caregiver can improve our understanding of Parkinson's and help develop better solutions. If you would like to be involved, please contact us at

+91 9324730665 / info@lifesparktech.com

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Know more about the initiative

If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's or if you are a caregiver, please feel free to contact us

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