Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition the loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear. One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s that is about 127,000 people in UK. The disease is not fatal but it puts strain on body and it is hard to live with it. Parkinsons usually targets people above the age of 50. Men are more likely to get Parkinson's.
Freezing feels like if your feet get glued to the ground and not being able to move for several seconds. Usually the feet get frozen but the top half can still move. Start to hesitate. It happens without a warning, anytime and anywhere. It can cause falls and therefore injuries. Wallking pattern gets out of control. Steps get smaller, speed up as you walk.
This product is aimed to solve freezing and gait problems experienced by most Parkinson’s patients. As it is known Parkinson’s is a very individual disease some people experience the symptoms earlier and some later. One thing common for all is the stigma of being disabled; it affects emotionally and socially. People do not like using medical looking products or try using cueing techniques in public, as they do not want to look the odd one out in public. This is where Walk to Beat comes in to being, a product that you don’t have to hide or avoid people still might look at you but with a different perspective, thinking what you are carrying is some thing modish and not an aid for disabled providing the user sense of confidence and independence.
Recently invented, ‘Walk to Beat’ is a walking aid with an innovative technology installed in its handle, which provides a constant rhythm that can only be felt in the handle, not seen or heard. Prioritizing patient’s dignity and emotions. A continuous ticking beat felt by vibration (with an adjustable pace) is a new approach as a cueing method to freezing and gait abnormalities.
"My husband gifted me an Ipod so I can listen to music and walk on rhythm. It sometimes works for me. I am not using my brain to think and walk, my husband brain works for both of us. As long as I don’t think I am ok."
"I couldn’t figure out the distance between the other tables, which caused me to walk funny, it was embarrassing because people started looking at me"
"I avoid my walking stick and therefore walking. It embarrasses me. I have to carry it all the time. It makes me look disabled and old. I do not carry it all the time, I tend to avoid it at all costs."
"I have silly walks too. These include: tip–toe, slow, big or little steps. I don’t do it, it just happens."
"Yes, Parkinson’s is very indvidual. You can not design a product for it as a whole. But freezing and walking problems are one of the most common.""