This day in 1969, Neil Armstrong, the famed astronaut of the Apollo Space Program, uttered the words “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” after becoming the first person to walk on the moon.
Being the first man to walk on the moon was a challenging task, but for some people, walking on Earth can be just as difficult. For people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions, loss of muscle control or strength requires the use of a walker. While walking may be hard, the right mobility aid can get you up and going like never before.
The importance of technology
It took a lot of tools and resources to put a man on the moon, and the fact is, you also need the right technology to help you in your journey toward increased walking ability.
The U-Step 2 Walker is not just any old walker. It surrounds the user with multiple wheels for greater balance. Furthermore, the spring-loaded wheels help users better navigate obstacles like curb cuts and bumps.
Advanced braking for better balance
Perhaps the most useful feature of the U-Step 2 Walker is its advanced braking system. The brakes will stay in the on position until the user lightly squeezes one of the handles. This allows the user to lean on the walker for support until they are ready to start walking. No more having the walker roll away from you before you’re ready. With the U-Step 2 Walker, you control launch time!
Nothing is cooler than a laser
When getting the U-Step 2 Walker, you may optionally purchase the Laser Light Accessory, which projects a horizontal laser beam on the ground for people with Parkinson’s who experience freezing episodes.
Projecting a horizontal line onto the ground has shown to prevent Parkinson’s-related freezing, wherein the individual suddenly stops walking and finds it difficult to take the next step. The Laser Light Accessory guides them toward that next step by giving them a visible goal to cross. A walker without a laser is simply not worthy of our Space Age!
Unfortunately, the Space Race is a bygone era, but you don’t have to go to the moon and back to find the right mobility aid — one small step with the U-Step 2 Walker is one giant leap toward independence!
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