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A Second MOTOmed Added to Greenwich Community

YMCA adds movement trainer to help people with disabilities

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Greenwich, CT | Added on October 29, 2014 At 04:26 PM

A new machine has been added to the Greenwich YMCA's wellness center. The MOTOmed is a movement trainer that can workout a person's arms and legs. 

"It caters to people with spastic and mobility restrictions, and caters to individuals in wheelchairs, or someone with poor lower body strength that needs the support of a chair," said Lee Ann Borg, the YMCA's Health and Wellness Director. 

There is only one other MOTOmed in Town, located at the High School. But when those kids age out, they can no longer use the machine. 

"Someone said there was a real need for a MOTOmed in a community based setting," said Greenwich YMCA President Ed Philipp. 

The Y applied for a grant to fund the machine through Abilis. 

"The grant covered the cost of the machine, the installation, and the training of the staff. It's fully functional now and we are starting to see people come in and use it, so we are really happy," said Philipp. 

"The great thing about the MOTOmed is that it really serves such a unique population, but can really serve anyone," said Borg. 

The MOTOmed has different settings so the user can fully control his or her workout depending on the need for assistance. 

"You would start it. There's an option for fast and slow. This is going to detect how much support the machine is going to be providing. If you have an individual in a wheelchair that doesn't have any usage of their lower body, a lot of it would be assisted. It can detect muscle spasms, so if your muscles are starting to have a spasm, it will detect it, and then it will correct it. It's going to see which leg is doing more work. Right now, Greg is putting 50 percent energy into both legs. It looks very simple, but there are many things that you can do. The computer in this is amazing and what it can pick up is very helpful," said Borg.

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