Camden cycle, occupational therapy device, Northampton, England 1930-1970

Made:
1930-70 in Northampton

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Camden cycle, which would be linked to a tool for manufacture of a product, occupational therapy device used for rehabilitation of patients with muscle weakness after a traumatic injury, assembled by hospital workshops, 1930-70.

Patients with muscle weakness after a traumatic injury used the Camden cycle. It is an occupational therapy device. Its use was overseen by a physical therapist. This is a specialist trained in using exercise and physical activities to condition and improve muscles. There was growing interest in improving health through physical fitness after about 1850. This prompted the development of mechanical exercise machines such as this one. The cycle was assembled by the hospital workshops of the School of Occupational Therapy at University College Northampton between 1930 and 1970.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-227
Materials:
leather, metal, plastic and wood
type:
bicycle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • land vehicle
  • passenger vehicle
credit:
School of Occupational Therapy, Nene College of Higher Education