In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have investigated the impact of different walking aids on patients with chronic obstructive disease (COPD). Walking with the help of a rollator (a frame with wheels, handlebars, and a built-in seat) resulted in the longest distance walked and most time spent walking. The use of walking with assistance of a draisine (a bicycle without pedals) improved walking speed with fewer strides but did not improve the time spent walking by COPD patients to cover a longer distance.To the right is an example of a walking frame this one can be purchased for around £80. But I think I would prefer the bike without pedals below.
“Patients with COPD walked significantly further and longer during unaided walking compared with draisine-aided walking,” said Dr. Anouk Vaes, lead author of the Respirology study.he findings suggest that a rollator improves walking in patients with COPD, whereas a draisine has detrimental effects compared with unaided walking.
By exercising i have managed to half the length of my stay in hospital this year need to get on with my walking this week see the following posts for more on this Exercise and COPD. Another option of course is the treadmill.
A new study has also found that people who walked about two to three miles per day were less likely to be hospitalized for COPD problems.