New SmartStep™ Lower Limb Rehabilitation System helps Canadian health care professionals guide patients toward optimal gait performance

January 28, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Calgary, AB, January 28, 2009 Ė Today Motion Health Inc. commenced sale of SmartStepô, a new technology for Canadian physicians and rehabilitation professionals in acute care settings, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics. The SmartStepô lower limb rehabilitation system is an easy-to-use and affordable solution for lower limb feedback training, evaluation and monitoring. Utilizing a unique force-sensing insole, the SmartStepô continuously monitors and analyzes key gait parameters offering health care professionals with a much needed quantitative tool for clinical assessment of gait recovery.

Current methods for gait rehabilitation rely primarily on verbal instructions such as "tolerated weight bearing". Interpretation of such instructions is often subjective and varies among clinicians and patients. "SmartStepô is a powerful rehabilitation modality that is programmable by the health care professional to fit the patient's specific rehabilitation needs, enabling and motivating the patient to train confidently in the clinic, at home or outdoors", said Mr. Reynald Bonmati, President and CEO of Andante Medical Devices, Inc., makers of the SmartStepô technology.

As baby boomers age, more Canadians are being treated for hip, knee or foot surgery or neurological impairments affecting the lower limbs. "These patients require rehabilitation aimed at restoring their ability to walk safely and independently, and typically programs involve a relearning of control of gait. SmartStepô used in daily therapeutic exercise can improve weight bearing, increase treatment compliance, and facilitate improvement in quality of gait for these patients", said Judy Pedersen, President of Motion Health. "SmartStepô is appropriate for patients recovering from neurological, orthopedic, and other disorders affecting the lower limb including stroke, lower extremity fractures, joint replacement, and soft tissue injuries."

Since 1999, clinical studies have been carried out in Israel and Europe with results presented in European PM&R conferences and publication in a leading medical journal. In addition, Smart Stepô is licensed as a Class I Medical Device by Health Canada and is reimbursable by existing CPT codes. "To accommodate busy schedules and inform the health care professional community on how SmartStepô is helping patients achieve faster rehabilitation, independence, and improved quality of life, on-line web demonstrations are offered", says Pedersen.

About Andante Medical Devices, Inc.
Andante Medical Devices, Inc. develops and produces advanced biomedical and sports medicine products that enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of the rehabilitation process. The company consists of a multidisciplinary team of medical and engineering professions.

About Motion Health Inc.
Motion Health is an independent sales agent and marketing firm headquartered in Calgary. Created to meet business, health care professionals and individuals need for safe, reliable, science based technologies and services; the organization represents products that will enhance health, fitness, wellness, and human function of Canadians regardless of the age, location or physical condition of individuals who use those products.

For more information:
Contact Motion Health Inc. at 403-241-0093 or visit www.motionhealth.ca
Contact Andante Medical Devices, Inc. at 914-694-2285 or visit www.andantemedical.com