Dynamic Standing Exercise using the Innowalk Device in Patients with Genetic and Acquired Motor Impairments

J Rehabil Med. 2022 Jun 29:54:jrm00284. doi: 10.2340/jrm.v54.23.


Objective: For individuals with motor impairments, dynamic standing has been proposed as an opportunity for regular daily physical activity. The aim of this study was to analyse patient characteristics, indications, intensity of usage, desired objectives and outcomes of dynamic standing in daily clinical practice in order to form the basis for research regarding this treatment option.

Setting: Data were analysed from standardized questionnaires completed prospectively before supply of a home-based medical device for dynamic standing (Innowalk; Made for Movement GmbH, Langenhagen, Germany) and at the time of individual adaptations.

Participants: In a retrospective chart analysis, records of 46 patients (50% cerebral palsy; 50% diverse syndromes) were evaluated.

Intervention: The Innowalk had been prescribed for either home-based use (n = 31), in therapeutic institutions (n = 8), or other settings (n = 7). Dynamic standing was performed for 10-30 min as a single session (n = 8) or for 20-60 min 11 [4-21] weeks in 36 patients.

Results: Improvements were found for: passive assisted motion (79%), stimulation of intestinal functions (71%), body stability (64%), joint mobility (56%), secure means of allowing supine position (52%), and revision of abnormal motion patterns (48%).

Conclusion: Thus, this systematic approach shows usage patterns, indications, desired goals and clinical outcome of dynamic standing in daily clinical practice and forms the basis for the design of a prospective, randomized controlled trial.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy* / therapy
  • Exercise Therapy* / instrumentation
  • Exercise Therapy* / methods
  • Humans
  • Motor Disorders* / therapy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies