I have a progressive spinal cord disease, which is leading slowly and inexorably to paraplegia. I generally use two canes to walk. I tried the Cionic Neural Sleeve in October 2021. The device immediately assessed my specific issues with gait, such as the pronounced drop in my right foot, and my very poor hip flexion, which leads to shuffling gait. Then with a few custom settings, I received the right level of stimulation in exactly the right spots. My foot drop was eliminated; my hip flexion was materially improved. I walked faster, with a more confident stride and better balance. I felt energized and hopeful.
Using the Cionic Neural Sleeve gave me a feeling of freedom I had not experienced since my CVA. The sense of freedom was directly a result of being able to use my two feet to navigate the streets of San Francisco. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the bustling sidewalk and the blue sky overhead. It was really a breathtaking moment. What it feels like to use the Cionic Neural Sleeve is it's still my body. It's still my functioning leg. Muscles were engaging with the Neural Sleeve that do not engage without it. Therefore I'm able to walk more efficiently, I'm able to walk more confidently and without the added bandwidth in my brain of 'I'm going to fall' with each literal step. It was an unparalleled sense of freedom.
I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago. During that time my left leg and foot have grown progressively weaker and less responsive. My mobility and my ability to walk are now quite compromised. I have been using the Cionic Neural Sleeve for just over one week's time and cannot be more pleased. Wearing the Neural Sleeve I move in a way that is more flowing and natural. I am walking more quickly and smoothly, while using less energy in doing so. Already I feel that I am getting stronger and more endurant. I should also mention that the Neural Sleeve is surprisingly comfortable and my body has become accustomed to wearing it surprisingly quickly. I do not have the words to properly explain the positive effects on my confidence and outlook. I very much look forward to see what progress I can make with the help of the Neural Sleeve.