THE IMPORTANCE OF MOBILITY
August 25, 2016
At Moterum, we believe all lives are improved when they work at being mobile and active. Our mission is to advance innovative technologies that help long term or severely mobility challenged people maintain or improve their quality of life.
In 2016, Harvard Medical School published a report entitled "Mobility and Independence." Harvard validated what we all intuitively know that "mobility problems are linked with lower quality of life and higher rates of depression . . . [and] . . . over time, these limitations raise your risk of becoming disabled— unable to perform daily activities because of a physical or mental impairment." Amazingly, according to this report, "Limitations on mobility affect one-third to one-half of adults ages 65 and older." In addition to age, numerous injuries and chronic conditions can make daily movement difficult or nearly impossible for tens of millions of people. The Harvard report focuses on the importance of intervening in losses of motion, as any reason due to loss or reduced mobility "can make many health conditions worsen . . . [and the] resulting physical, emotional, and mental decline further restricts. . . mobility."
According to Robins et al., amputees have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, joint pain, osteoarthritis, and obesity. Maintaining and improving mobility can lessen these problems. Lunberg et al. (2011) found that just three weeks of recreational physical activity of 18 physically impaired veterans, such as lower leg amputees, of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom had significantly improved "psychological health, overall quality of life, mood states including tension, depression, anger, and vigor."
For these reasons and more, Moterum is proud to support and promote increased physical mobility in the mobility challenged populations, such as chronic crutch users, stroke survivors, amputees, and traumatic injury populations.