New SmartStep(TM) Lower Limb Rehabilitation System helps Canadian health care professionals guide patients toward optimal gait performance

    CALGARY, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Today Motion Health Inc. commenced sale of
SmartStep(TM), a new technology for Canadian physicians and rehabilitation
professionals in acute care settings, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient
clinics. The SmartStep(TM) lower limb rehabilitation system is an easy-to-use
and affordable solution for lower limb feedback training, evaluation and
monitoring. Utilizing a unique force-sensing insole, the SmartStep(TM)
continuously monitors and analyzes key gait parameters offering health care
professionals with a much needed quantitative tool for clinical assessment of
gait recovery.
    Current methods for gait rehabilitation rely primarily on verbal
instructions such as "tolerated weight bearing". Interpretation of such
instructions is often subjective and varies among clinicians and patients.
"SmartStep(TM) is a powerful rehabilitation modality that is programmable by
the health care professional to fit the patient's specific rehabilitation
needs, enabling and motivating the patient to train confidently in the clinic,
at home or outdoors", said Mr. Reynald Bonmati, President and CEO of Andante
Medical Devices, Inc., makers of the SmartStep(TM) technology.
    As baby boomers age, more Canadians are being treated for hip, knee or
foot surgery or neurological impairments affecting the lower limbs. "These
patients require rehabilitation aimed at restoring their ability to walk
safely and independently, and typically programs involve a relearning of
control of gait. SmartStep(TM) used in daily therapeutic exercise can improve
weight bearing, increase treatment compliance, and facilitate improvement in
quality of gait for these patients", said Judy Pedersen, President of Motion
Health. "SmartStep(TM) is appropriate for patients recovering from
neurological, orthopedic, and other disorders affecting the lower limb
including stroke, lower extremity fractures, joint replacement, and soft
tissue injuries."
    Since 1999, clinical studies have been carried out in Israel and Europe
with results presented in European PM&R conferences and publication in a
leading medical journal. In addition, Smart Step(TM) is licensed as a Class I
Medical Device by Health Canada and is reimbursable by existing CPT codes. "To
accommodate busy schedules and inform the health care professional community
on how SmartStep(TM) is helping patients achieve faster rehabilitation,
independence, and improved quality of life, on-line web demonstrations are
offered", says Pedersen.

    About Andante Medical Devices, Inc.

    Andante Medical Devices, Inc. develops and produces advanced biomedical
and sports medicine products that enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness
of the rehabilitation process. The company consists of a multidisciplinary
team of medical and engineering professions.

    About Motion Health Inc.

    Motion Health is an independent sales agent and marketing firm
headquartered in Calgary. Created to meet business, health care professionals
and individuals need for safe, reliable, science based technologies and
services; the organization represents products that will enhance health,
fitness, wellness, and human function of Canadians regardless of the age,
location or physical condition of individuals who use those products.

For further information:

For further information: Judy Pedersen, Motion Health Inc. at (403)
241-0093 or visit; Reynald Bonmati, Andante Medical
Devices, Inc. at (914) 694-2285 or visit

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