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Path Finder for Professionals.

Path Finder for Professionals.

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Are you a health care professional working with people with Parkinson's?

Path Finder is a class 1 medical device. It is proven to alleviate freezing and help people with Parkinson's improve their gait. If your patients are experiencing freezing, Path Finder might be the solution for them. 

In this video neurologist Prof. Medical Doctor Bastiaan Bloem explains how Path Finder prevents freezing and festinating gait. Watch the video to find out why visual cues prevent freezing episodes or read more about Path Finder LaserShoes here.

Step-synchronised cues - more innovative than on-demand cues.

Clinical studies compare the different cueing styles; on-demand and continuous. The studies indicate they both work differently in preventing a freezing episode, festinating gait and reducing time spent in a freezing episode. Overall, one is not better than the other.

With step-synchronised cueing, it could be considered a better combination of the two. Why? Because, the user does not have to activate the external cue, an often difficult scenario when one is experiencing freezing. In other words, managing additional multi-tasking is not conducive to overcoming freezing.  This is why the hands-free solution of Path Finder will help alleviate the number and lengths of freezing episodes.

Reference: "The Effect of Visual Cues on the Number and Duration of Freezing Episodes in Parkinson's Patients" published by NCBI

Visual cueing - more efficient than auditory and haptic cues.

Several studies have compared types of cueing to establish the most effective: visual, auditory and haptic. Visual cues can be lines on the floor, auditory cues can guide movements while haptic cues involve touching.

It appears that it can be personal what works best to prevent festinating gait and freezing. However, visual cues using a laser have been demonstrated to work optimally in several reports in the literature. In clinical studies when comparing a laser cue with vibrations or auditory cues, the laser device was shown as most effective at both improving the forwards and backward, and side-to-side movements. Above all, it was shown to be the most effective in reducing freezing episodes.

Reference: "Effect of Three Cueing Devices for People with Parkinson’s disease with Gait Initiation Difficulties" published by NCBI

Key features.

Key features.

Hands-free 

Step-synchronised cueing; no multitasking needed

Can be used at all stages of the mobility journey

Can be used on it's own, with a cane or with a walker

Lines consistently provided for every step at the same position

Publications.

"The laser shoes - A new ambulatory device to alleviate freezing of gait in Parkinson disease"
Published by Neurology (2018)

"Visual cueing using laser shoes reduces freezing of gait in Parkinson's patients at home"
Published by Movement Disorders (2018)

"Path Finder - Visual Cues to Alleviate Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease"
Published by ACNR (2017)

"The laser-shoe: A new form of continuous ambulatory cueing for patients with Parkinson's disease"
Published by Parkinsonism & Related Disorders (2016)

"Wearable device use increases the quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease " 
Published by World Parkinson Congress, Kyoto 2019, page 263 (2019)

"The Effects of Visual and Auditory Cues on Freezing of Gait in Patients with Parkinson Disease" 
Published by American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2012)

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Stroke rehabilitation.

Gait rehabilitation often has a focus on increasing walking speed and normalising stride length to improve balance. Literature indicates visual cueing can facilitate these objectives, and improves walking speed in stroke rehabilitation by >10%. Following one to two sessions of visual cueing there are improvements in walking symmetry, balance and functional mobility in stroke rehabilitation.

Our initial tests of Path Finder as a gait training intervention are positive. We are looking to build this evidence base using Path Finder. We are looking for researchers or health care professionals to collaborate with.

Watch our videos.

Contact our Clinical Lead, Nuala Burke.

Nuala Burke, Clinical Lead at Walk With Path

Research Pipeline.

Therapeutic Area

Stage

Partners

Parkinson's disease

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30 %

Stroke

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50 %

Parkinson's disease

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30 %

Parkinson's disease

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70 %

Celebral palsy

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20 %

Parkinson's disease

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90 %
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