Youwalk™ – A tool to help maintain independence and improve health2018-04-20T17:29:13+00:00
Dr Luffy with Youwalk Today

Patricia Lutfy MD, DC

Board Certified in Physical Medicine

and Rehabilitation Specialist

Youwalk™ is not only convenient and extremely useful; it should be seen as an aide for those with lower extremity weakness, poor balance and endurance due to injury, neurological disorders or critical illness myopathies due to prolonged bed rest.

As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, I have witnessed many patients suffer severe functional decline and physical deterioration due to the inability to ambulate.  I am very passionate about promoting methods that help to address this issue.

By using Youwalk™, many may be able to ambulate more safely and frequently with less need for human assistance. This is clearly useful in the home and has important implications in the hospital setting where limited staff resources can prevent some patients from getting as much ambulatory time as they truly require.

Walking is a very important function that all beings, humans and animals, require for health and prevention of disease.  Ultimately, walking is necessary for survival and promotes longevity and improved quality of life. Youwalk™ facilitates an increase in this essential activity for many with physical limitations.

There is much published information to show the benefits of walking:

  • “lower risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack” (1)
  • “Walking can increase the supply of blood to the brain”(2)
  • Even “ walking below minimum recommended levels is associated with lower all-cause mortality compared with inactivity”(3)
  • “walking for more hours per week could form an important part of stroke-prevention

Strategies” (4)

  • “Long-term regular physical activity, including walking, is associated with significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline in older women” (5)
  • “Walking supports joints” and “helps improve circulation” (6)
  • Among ways to prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis or clots) “ walking as soon as possible after an operation can lower the risk” (7)
  • “It can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis” (1)

In summary, ambulation clearly provides benefits that help to preserve function, perform activities of daily living and promote and maintain overall health, wellbeing and longevity. Research has shown that those who do not walk are more susceptible to mental and physical decline.

Youwalk™ is designed to promote this most important and extremely necessary function of life more often, for more of those who are injured, ill or otherwise debilitated.

(1) Walking: Your Steps to Health (Harvard Newsletter. August 2009)

(2) How walking benefits the brain (Science Daily April 24,  2017)

(3) Walking in Relation to Mortality in a Large Prospective Cohort of Older U.S. Adults (American Journal of Preventative Medicine, January 2018)

(4) Protective Effect of Time Spent Walking on Risk of Stroke in Older Men (Barbara J. Jefferis, Peter H. Whincup, Olia Papacosta, S. Goya Wannamethee, December 23, 2013)

(5) Physical activity, including walking, and cognitive function in older women (Weuve J, Kang JH, Manson JE, Breteler MM, Ware JH, Grodstein F – Journal of the American Medical Association, 5, vol.292 (pg.14541461) 2004)

(6) 12 Benefits of Walking (Arthritis Foundation  – https://www.arthritis.org/living-witharthritis/exercise/workouts/walking/wow-of-walking.php )

(7) Deep-vein blood clots: Know the signs (Harvard Health Publishing  December 2015 – https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/deep-vein-blood-clots-know-the-signs)