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Eccentric and Isometric Stretching Device for Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Conditions


Abstract/Technology Overview

Musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy have been reported to affect at least 5-10% of the population. In particular, Plantar Fasciitis is considered the most common foot condition treated by healthcare providers. For such conditions, initial treatment options recommended by clinical guidelines involve commencement of standard exercise routines.

Studies have shown synergistic effects in symptoms reduction when both Eccentric and Isometric stretching exercises are carried out together for the management of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries.

Currently, no state-of-art options are available to allow Eccentric loading of the entire posterior chain muscle-tendon group (including the Gastrocnemius muscle, Soleus muscle, Achilles tendon and Plantar fascia) to be conducted safely and effectively. Also, no current technology is able to facilitate both Eccentric and Isometric stretching exercises together.

Our technology is designed to allow the correct execution of both Eccentric and Isometric stretching exercises, addressing an unmet clinical need. The technology utilises the unique weight of the user as a form of variable loading, coupled with our proprietary Toe Prop to facilitate Eccentric stretching. Isometric stretching is facilitated through our unique adjustable offsets designed to accommodate three different angles.

Potential adoption of our technology spans from Healthcare providers to the mass market users who may seek a device that facilitates independent and accurate execution of Eccentric and Isometric exercises for management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions.

We are seeking a partner to adopt our technology for further developments to achieve a device suitable for mass production.


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

Our core technology lies in the ability for the unique weight of the user to act as a form of variable loading, and when coupled with our proprietary Toe Prop (shaped according to the natural parabola of the metatarsal heads), will help facilitate Eccentric loading of all the posterior chain muscle-tendon group including the Gastrocnemius muscle, Soleus muscle, Achilles tendon and Plantar fascia. Also, our technology incorporates unique adjustable offsets for Isometric stretching to be done in three different angles.

This technology is well placed to facilitate evidence-based standard exercise routines used in managing common soft tissue injuries of the lower limb such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. Through the use of our technology, users can expect to perform evidence-based therapeutic exercises in a safe and effective manner to manage their lower limb soft tissue conditions independently. Furthermore, healthcare providers can use our technology to deliver care and be confident that their patients would have access to the same technology to continue their rehabilitation independently at home.

The cutting-edge design of our technology fulfils the gap where current state-of-the-art is unable to provide both in the clinical and home setting as Eccentric loading of the entire posterior chain muscle-tendon group can be targeted through the use of our device. Furthermore, errors related to improper stretching techniques can be reduced from about 90% to 30% through the use of this novel technology.


Potential Applications

This technology is envisaged to be an off-the-shelf intervention device that facilitates Eccentric and Isometric stretching exercises for management of common lower limb musculoskeletal conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. Designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, this can encourage compliance to correct stretching techniques and optimal regime. There is potential for this technology to be adapted for independent stretching exercises to manage other lower limb musculoskeletal conditions.

 On top of its clinical applications, the device is also suitable for any user seeking to perform Eccentric and Isometric stretches of the lower limb for sports conditioning and training purposes.

Market trends and opportunities:

Post-pandemic has seen shifting trends towards home-based activities. A portable and easy to set-up device can improve accessibility to care and facilitate rehabilitation at home. Furthermore, there is potential to expand market reach to various settings ranging from personal home use, clinical settings (GPs, specialists) and care facilities (rehabilitation centres, senior activity centres).

 Estimated market size:

There is a large number of people who suffer from various lower limb musculoskeletal conditions providing a huge market size. Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy alone have been reported to affect at least 5-10% of the population. Furthermore, Plantar Fasciitis has been estimated to affect one in ten people in their lifetime. Our technology is also suitable for any user who is seeking to perform Eccentric and Isometric stretches of the lower limb for sports conditioning and training which represents another huge segment of market opportunity.


Customer Benefit

Patient experience:

  • Portable and easy to set-up, suitable for home and clinical use
  • Intuitive and user-friendly design to facilitate correct stretching technique to encourage compliance to correct stretching techniques and optimal regime
  • Cost savings for patients as they would require only one device to carry out eccentric and isometric stretching exercises. Compliance to correct technique and optimal regime can help reduce multiple consultations with specialists and improve rehabilitation potential 

Clinical perspectives:

  • Allow users to perform evidence-based therapeutic exercises in a safe and effective manner to treat their lower limb soft tissue injury independently
  • Encourages correct technique and compliance to regime to improve function and pain reduction
  • Improves rehabilitation potential as patients are able to seek early treatment and carry out evidence-based stretching exercises at home 
  • Facilitate clinical care beyond hospital (allows accessibility even during an outbreak)

Business opportunity:

  • Potential to become a retail item that is affordable and convenient for use
  • Potential to expand market reach to various settings ranging from personal home use, clinical settings (GPs, specialists) and care facilities (rehabilitation centers, senior activity centers).

 

OVERVIEW
Contact Person

Evangeline Ng

Organisation

National Healthcare Group Pte Ltd

Technology Category
  • Healthcare
  • Personal Care
  • Wellness & Spa
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 4
Keywords

Musculoskeletal conditions, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Eccentric loading, soft tissue injuries, rehabilitation, Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction, exercise, exercise routine, stretching device, musculoskeletal injuries, Isometric stretching, Eccentric stretching, Lower limb/feet

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