The e.motion is the only power assist system currently available in the United States.

The e.motion is the only power assist system currently available in the United States.

Once, the only choices aching wheelers had–to cope with sore shoulders and wrists, neck and back pain–were to grit their teeth and push, ask for help or switch to a power chair. Now, thanks to original systems being offered by a few pioneering companies, there’s a way for chair users to keep on wheeling–or for power chair users to add in wheeling–and still have dependable help whenever they need it. Fittingly, it’s called power assist.

First introduced in Japan by Yamaha and brought to Europe in the mid-’90s, the concept uses a combination of programmable software and lightweight batteries and motors to give a power boost whenever you push on wheel rims.

Robin Smith, president of Miami Physical Therapy Associates, first saw this system on an overseas trip. When he found out a year ago that a similar concept, developed in Germany, had passed FDA and was now being