The Metla is for Parkinson’s patients in stages 2 and 3 who value beauty. They are men and women who are clearly showing balance and motor control issues, but are still able to live independently.
The wooden Metla is a response to clinical looking beige disability products. The weight of the ball-end of the Metla also provides a weight to counteract tremors.
Repetitive motions, like whisking egg whites, are difficult for Parkinson’s patients because the condition causes muscles to tighten up and lock together. To counteract this, people have a tendency to use only one muscle group at a time, and to frequently shift their position. The motor centers of the brain think that the body is falling forwards and pushes it backwards
with no warning. To counteract these balance issues I’ve made the whisk angled for a more comfortable seated whisking experience.
The Metla whisk is designed for a variety of hand sizes and positions, to reduce the fatigue Parkinson’s sufferers are more prone to while performing repetitive motions. The diameter of the whisk is large enough at all points to be grasped comfortably by arthritic hands.
The Metla was designed by someone with Parkinsonian motor control issues, for people with Parkinsonian motor control issues. It was tested with different sized and shaped hands, with and without arthritis simulation gloves. The angle of the whisk was chosen as the prime angle for both sitting and standing positions. The Metla went through over 25 iterations in foams, woods, and plastics before it’s final simple form.
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