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Theracycle and cycling-related resources from the medical community and other media outlets.

Exercise bike reinvented – Parkinson’s sufferers will reap benefits

February 15, 2012

By Brendan Lynch | bostonherald.com

A Franklin company bought out of bankruptcy in 2002 has landed federal funding for its “forced exercise” technology — motorized exercise equipment — to help treat people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. “It sounds counter-intuitive,” Theracycle CEO Peter Blumenthal told the Herald. “Why would you ever use an exercise bike with motors? But you can overcome the motors as you regain strength.”

Theracycle won a $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to modify its bike to replicate a therapeutic effect caused by tandem bicycle riding discovered by a Cleveland Clinic study. In August, the company plans to apply for a Phase II SBIR grant, which could be as high as $2 million, to prove the bike would be effective in treating Parkinson’s. …

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Cycling for Freezing of Gait

April 1, 2010

A New England Journal of Medicine article discussing how cycling offers a useful approach for exercise training in patients with Parkinson's who are “grounded” by severe freezing of gait.
By Anke H. Snijders, M.D. and Bastiaan R. Bloem, M.D. | N Engl J Med 2010; 362:

This study was also featured on PRI's radio program The World. The full transcript can read on PRI’s web site. … Read the Full Article

Patients Pedal Past Parkinson's

April 1, 2010

An ABC News video discussing how just a few minutes of bicycling creates lasting improvements in motor functions. … Read the Full Article

Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson's

March 31, 2010

A New York Times article about cycling and Parkinson's disease.
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A Bicycle Built for Parkinson's Relief

December 11, 2009

A debilitating brain disorder responds to bike riding—in tandem.
“You’ll look sweet… upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.” It’s a lovely song by Harry Dacre, but it may also be a way to relieve the symptoms of a debilitating condition that has long been without effective treatment options. The tandem bike is also the focus of one of the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2010 at Cleveland Clinic.

By Daily Beast Promotions

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Can Forced Exercise Treat Parkinson's?

July 20, 2009

An ABC News – Good Morning America video: A neuroscientist Jay Alberts, PhD. discovers a mysterious connection between our hands and legs during a 50-mile tandem bike ride across Iowa. Motivated by his observations, he launched a study Forced Exercise vs. Voluntary Exercise for Parkinson's.

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Theracycle Can Benefit MS Patients

October 25, 2002

Bike Built For Riders With Chronic Health Problems

(from WCVB TV 5 – Boston)

BOSTON -- For people with chronic health problems, day-to-day movement can be difficult -- let alone exercise.

NewsCenter 5's Rhonda Mann said that a Franklin, Mass., company is pedaling a new way to bring patients to their physical potential. "You can't go from once running marathons to completely being still," Nina Lyvers said. Lyvers used to run marathons, then multiple sclerosis began to run through her body. She found it hard to exercise at all "For years I ran on a treadmill, and then I started tripping and I finally said, 'Maybe this isn't a good idea,'" Lyvers said.

Then she learned about Theracycle -- a new stationary bike for those with chronic health problems. Unlike other bikes, it is motorized to be gentler on the joints and make movement easier.

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