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ARMON – The Zero Gravity Solution

In collaboration with Delft University of Technology, ‘Armon Products’ have developed a sophisticated range of dynamic arm supports which can enhance arm and shoulder function in two main situations:

1. Workplace – to promote comfort and facilitate prolonged activity for professional users.

2.  Life enablement – to restore function to people with significantly compromised arm function, often due to neurological problems.


What is an arm support?

A dynamic arm support is an assistive technology product, with a unique mechanism that compensates for the weight of the user’s arm, making the arm feels weightless.

The arm support does not take over any function, the user makes the movements themselves. The Armon simply supports the arm, however unlike a normal armrest, the Armon will dynamically ‘follow’ the position of the arm through space, providing full support in any position.

All Armon products are bespoke to the user. We offer a full assessment with advice on size and model. The supports themselves are all easily adjustable, to compensate for arm weight and weakness and make the user’s arm feel as though it is operating in zero gravity


The Range:

We have four different arm supports, listed here in order of ascending in functionality:

  • Edero (mechanical) (ideal for professional users)
  • Pura (mechanical) (steplessly adjustable)
  • Elemento (Electrically driven)
  • Ayura (Electrically driven) (tilt mechanism and brakes)

Generally, the less strength the user has, the more advanced the arm support should be. All arm supports can be mounted on a floor stand, office chair, work chair (such as the Bambach Saddle Seat), manual or electrical wheelchair. The Armon Edero can also be mounted on a table or desk.

Workplace: Professional Users

Many occupations, such as surgeons or dentists, have to work with their arms outstretched for long periods which can produce fatigue and discomfort. The situation can be worsened if there is a co-existing medical condition (even a relatively mild condition such as rotator cuff injury can cause severe, even incapacitating, restrictions on certain activities). In extreme cases the sufferer may be unable to work – the Armon dynamic arm may offer a solution which allows the user to continue with their profession.

Examples of conditions in which the Armon dynamic arm support may help:

  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
    (eg Rotator cuff tear, Rotator cuff tendinitis, Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), Sub-acromial bursitis)
  • Cervical pain (eg Post whiplash, Cervical spondylosis, Tension headaches)
  • Thoracic and Lumbar pain
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Fatigue
  • Postural problems
  • Mild neurological deficits
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • CVA
  • Mastectomy

For many professionals a ‘Bambach-Edero’* can represent a particularly effective combination for a healthy, comfortable working posture with potential long-term health benefits. Call us to discuss your needs and whether you would like an assessment.

(* Armon Edero dynamic armrest mounted on a Bambach Saddle Seat).


Life Enablement

Even where there has been a profound loss of arm function, the dynamic arm may enhance movement and therefore facilitate many kinds of daily activities, restoring independence, freedom, self-respect and quality of life. To benefit from the dynamic arm support, the user only needs some strength in their fingers and some flexibility in their joints: the arm support will eliminate gravity and the user can do the rest.

In this context, Armon dynamic arm supports can assist with:

  • Training and Rehabilitation. Using the support, rehabilitation time can be shortened, so that the user benefits more quickly while at the same time the therapist’s work-time is reduced.
  • Long-term personal use. Where the functional deficit has stabilized, the supports can be used as a sophisticated daily-living aide to help the user regain independent function; for instance: eating, drinking, combing hair, putting on glasses, using a phone or computer etc.

Examples of conditions which may be helped by Armon Products dynamic arm supports include:

  • Muscle disease
  • Neurological disorders like MS, MND, ALS, SMA
  • Brain injury, stroke, CVA, TBI
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

Conclusion:

Armon dynamic arm rests offer gravity-eliminated movement in all planes. This will help to relieve symptoms and optimise arm function with the potential to transform lives.

Effects in the reduction in shoulder pain on the quality of life and community activities among people living long- term with SCI paraplegia: a randomized control trial. Kempt, B.J., Bateham, A.L., Mulroy, S.J., Thompson, L., Adkins, R.H., Kahan, J.S. (2011)  J Spinal Cord Med., 34(3):278-84

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  • We're located just off the A10,
    less than 10 minutes from the North Circular or M25
  • 5-minute walk from Southbury Road Station
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