The Armon Ayura is an arm support especially developed for those who only have little strength in their arms, due to e.g. a transverse lesion, a cerebral infarct or one of many muscle diseases. The arm support is based upon the weight compensation technique, meaning that the device takes over the weight of the arm. Therefore, the user only needs little strength and energy when using the arms. If the user wants to lift something (a cup, a book), the Armon can compensate the extra weight. The amount of compensation can be controlled by a means of an interface. The Armon Ayura makes it possible for users to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), like eating, drinking, shaking hands, independently again. It is the user who controls the movements, the Armon only takes over the weight.
The first Armon arm support was developed 2004. It was Peter Mastenbroek, owner of the company, who has a daughter with SMA, that started the search for a device that could help her years ago. Back then, there was not an arm support available that could provide her the needed arm function. Therefore, it became Peters main motivation to develop a support that could help her and others.Years of research, in cooperation with the Delft University of technology, finally resulted in the first arm support. However, it was not until 2006 that the Armon was available for everyone and more importantly, the health insurance was reimbursing the device.
In the following years the company continued developing and improving the products. The Armon Ayura is the successor of an earlier model, the Armon Wheelchair, and is since last year available. Different to others, the Armon Ayura offers the possibility to add several modules to the arm support. The vertical lock module enables the user to block the movement of the arm in four directions. People with a muscle disease often have problems keeping their head up for a long period of time. When locking the vertical movement they can lean their chin on their palm. This comes also in handy when making a phone call, brushing your teeth or putting on make-up.
Another module is the tilt module. This offers extra reach when wanted. Sometimes it is needed to reach further than your own force allows you to. This is when the tilt module could be of help. In addition, it eases bending and stretching the arm.
The Armon Ayura comes in a left and right handed version. The Ayura braces (that part of the Ayura that supports the forearm) is available in different sizes, depending on the user. Furthermore, there are two different Ayura’s available, one offering a compensation of 0.9-4.5 kg. and the light version compensating 0.6-2.5 kg.
Armon is a registered brand of Microgravity Products. Microgravity is constantly developing new devices and improving the current ones. Its vision is to further expand the product line with superiority products that significantly contribute to the quality of daily life of as many people as possible, worldwide.
The Armon Ayura is available through different European distributors. At the moment the product gets reimbursed in the Netherlands and is expected to be reimbursed in other European countries in the close future. For more information please contact the local distributor.
More information about the products can be found on the website (multi-language) or join the Armon Fanpage on Facebook.