Hi, this is my buddy, Charles Hart whom I have known for roughly 20 years.
As you may be able to see from the picture, he tries to embrace life and to be a “real life” superman. He works out every day. He eats right. He has a positive mental mind set, and he never quits.
On top of that he is an all round great guy, who uses his energy and drive to help others reach their goals as well. He mentors, he teaches, he shares, and he encourages. He always seems to have time … if you need his help.
Charles was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2015.
What is MS?
If you will allow me to borrow a quote from the Multiple Sclerosis Society home page.
“Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body”.
And that is the problem. As a result of that disruption, Charles has developed Drop Foot which has requires him to use arm canes and walkers as well as a leg brace which helps him to lift his foot so he does not trip over it. The down side of the leg brace is that it is slowly reducing in size and strength of his calf muscle because the brace does the lifting not his muscles. The calf muscle is getting weaker and weaker.
While in therapy, Charles learned about some new equipment, and how it can help someone walk much better, which also helps rebuild the strength in that calf muscle.
He got a chance to give them a try and was amazed!!
In this video he had just strapped on the device and was told to walk … no practice. While the video is short, and not overly clear, the difference experienced by Charles was huge!!
This equipment is called the Bioness L300Go and Plus. It is a leg cuff that is a small, light-weight device that fits just below the knee and supports consistent electrode placement for stimulation. The leg cuff produces and electrical current to activate and contract specific leg muscles. It stimulates the appropriate nerves and muscles of the leg to override natural electrical brain signals.
It will improve his stance, his confidence and his appearance during walking and all tasks. It will be a life changer!
The devices as shown costs about $20,000, and is not covered by my insurance.
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