The medical innovationWelcome to the age of APW
The world of medical devices for disability has always been divided into two segments:
AW (Active Wheelchairs), or “classic” manual wheelchairs.
PW (Power Wheelchairs), devices manipulated by levers.
Genny inaugurates a new segment:
APW (Active Power Wheelchairs), high tech devices that “convert” users in control lever thanks to self-balancing technology.
Many patients report a generic improvement of their respiratory functions. This can be induced by the increased activity of the abdominal muscles and the general synergic strengthening of the torso associated with the use of GennyTM L2.0. The continuous postural adjustments produce an increased mobilization of the torso (particularly in the abdominal section) and therefore provide for a better gastrointestinal functionality normally associated with decreased fecal stagnation. Still to be fully documented is an already reported decrease in the number of spastic episodes.
The self-balancing technology allows for an activation of the muscular residual system without making use of the upper limbs which were not originally designed to provide for the propulsion of a manual wheelchair. The articulations of the wrist, elbow and shoulders which are easily exposed to deterioration by the overwork they are subject to, are now protected.
Facilitation of the rehabilitation
In case of surgery following injures caused by overloaded articulations, typical in patients using upper limbs for the propulsions of manual wheelchairs, GennyTM L2.0 represents a valid support in the rehabilitation process. The principle of preservation, in this case, allows for the mobility of the patient while resting the injured areas. This means autonomy and positive thinking for the patient.
The self-balancing system forces the patient to maintain a constant and very subtle control of the center of gravity. Therefore it requires a continuous activation of the postural muscles of the torso which must quickly respond to external and internal variations.
This offers some benefits: it provides for the ability to control and maintain a good posture of the torso in a seated position, encouraging the recovery of the physiological lumbar lordosis. It also provides the unaware patient with real exercise of postural biofeedback. The unaware acquisition of a postural strategy will probably be maintained also on other types of sessions and activities (probably also in sports). In patients with spinal injuries and compromised postural stability of the torso, this device is a valuable training in the process of recovering the lost functions.
Genny™ adopts a unique solution in the world of ergonomics: Tarta®, a backrest designed by the homonymous firm that is completely dedicated to the science of posture, thanks to a mix of aesthetics and use of innovative materials. The Genny Design Team has redesigned a Tarta® backrest specifically tailored to GennyTM L2.0 users. Designed modularly, with a few simple very resistant components, the Tarta® backrest is based on the spinal structure and offers plenty of solutions to support different types of injuries.
Genny™ inaugurates a new transportation philosophy for personal mobility. Thanks to its self-balancing technology, it unites the users under the banner of the freedom of movement, erasing the differences. People who make use of traditional wheelchairs are daily confronted with a number of issues. Moving while constantly looking down to avoid the small front wheels sinking into the frequent holes and always having both hands busy (often getting dirty) can lead to frustration. Not to mention the problem of the rain, which compels wheelchair users to get wet because of the impossibility of holding a simple umbrella. Also dealing with slippery grounds, little steps or unchallenging slopes can entail considerable risks. GennyTM L2.0 immediately solves all these issues.
Being able to hold one’s own boyfriend/ girlfriend’s hand while moving is a common action for those who walk but it is often impossible for those who use a manual wheelchair. Genny™ allows patients, thanks to its incredible mobility features, to move looking at the landscape with no worries about the terrain surface. Being able to eat an ice-cream or bringing one’s own “puppy” for a walk becomes a reality. Real mobility means real integration. Sport, leisure and work will never be the same again.