We are Maven Therapy and we have developed the Maven 1 Physical Therapy Device. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are traditionally prescribed for patients who have been involved in accidents or have suffered strokes. The initial period is usually conducted in a clinical facility, and when the patient goes home, continued therapy usually promotes further recovery. Unfortunately, in-person therapy at home is not always available. And conventional physical therapy machines are impractical for home use. Maven 1 physical therapy device changes all of that.
Existing options for patients with disabilities are devices such as recumbent bikes, static bikes, and seated ellipticals. But these exercise machines have several drawbacks such as their size, their cost, and their lack of accessibility. Most exercise machines that exist in a rehab clinic require a patient to transfer from their own chair to a dedicated therapy mat or proprietary seat and this is potentially difficult or impossible for patients. Maven 1 solves this issue. It can be moved directly over a patient’s bed or a patient can move with their wheelchair directly in front of the pedals without having to transfer. Accessible bikes for patients are too big and many homes do not have space for large exercise machines. Maven 1 also improves on the size and cost issue. Many patients and families of patients cannot afford the cost of these expensive exercise machines as they are sometimes well over $5,000 (the cost of Maven 1). Maven 1 is designed to be lightweight, portable, and storable so it can fit in the limited space of a home. We designed Maven 1 to be an affordable option for families and patients looking for a professional piece of equipment at home.
We have begun testing Maven 1 with real patients in a clinical setting. Our first five prototypes have been made in our incubator space in Florence, South Carolina. All of our machined components: the frame, machined gears, timing belt, pulleys, casters, and brakes have been made locally or custom purchased from manufacturers in the southeast. We are also 3D printing some pieces for our prototypes. Our electronics have been purchased from China. When we begin to commercialize, we have developed a plan to minimize the supply chain by purchasing our electronics from a supplier on the east coast.
Our device is designed to be used by patients in their home or by rehab clinics with patients who cannot get out of bed or have a hard time transferring to the seat of an exercise bike. Our initial proof of concept trials have consisted of two home care patients and two rehab clinics and each have shown promising results.