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Forced Exercise

With the therapeutic movement concept “forced exercise”, the lower extremities of Parkinson’s patients get moved noticeably faster than the symptoms of their disease would normally allow them to do. A group of researchers (Ridgel et al., 2009) from the US found out that movement speeds of up to 90 rpm help to improve Parkinson-related symptoms. Moreover, a significant improvement of the finger’s fine motor skills about 30% could be measured.

Regular movement therapy in combination with medicine is the basis for recent Parkinson’s therapy. The MOTOmed viva2 Parkinson has a software-controlled motor, which enables a movement training with high revolution speed. Parkinson patients can either train passively or actively with own muscle strength. Therapy sessions with the MOTOmed viva2 Parkinson can have positive effects on gait ability, balance, akinesia, fine motor skills and posture. Regular therapy training with the MOTOmed viva2 Parkinson also helps to improve Parkinson-related symptoms such as tremor (trembling muscles) and rigor (stiff muscles). 

Scientific study

Laupheimer M, Härtel S, Schmidt S, Bös K. Forced Exercise – Auswirkungen eines MOTOmed-Trainings auf parkinsontypische motorische Dysfunktionen. Neurol Rehabil 2011; 17(5/6): 239-246.

MOTOmed movement therapy

MOTOmed Movement Therapy was developed for people with limited mobility and supports physiotherapy, ergo therapy and sports therapy. Users can train sitting in a wheelchair or from a chair. In supine position, patients use the MOTOmed from the nursing bed or from the therapy bed.


[DE] The new therapy method ''forced exercise'' with the MOTOmed viva2 Parkinso (2:06)
[DE] A report about the MOTOmed viva2 Parkinson on the local TV station Borna (4:36)