Patented NASA Tech Helps Those With Injuries And Disabilities
Thanks to patented NASA technology, now there's a treadmill that can reduce your weight by up to 80% and allow those with disabilities or those recovering from injuries to regain mobility.
Patricia hasn't been able to work on her own with a full stride in more than 30 years. But because of this machine she's almost 14 minutes in and feeling good.
"For the first time in 30 years I walked with no pain," said Patricia Young, who had a knee replacement.
For Patricia Young the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill is more than a fancy gadget. It's the revolutionary tool that gave her life back.
"You see the reaction now... it was glorious. It was... it frees a person. It gives you back your life. I mean that's what this is all about and that's what that machine did for me," she said.
This machine is like walking on air. The patented NASA technology reduces the patient's body weight by up to 80%. And when they feel lighter, it's easier on the joints or whatever problem area that prevented them from getting around before.
"So they can walk longer, builds endurance, builds strength as well," said an expert.
Clint Garrison is in rehab following ACL reconstructive surgery for a second time.
He says this machine not only sped up his recovery time, but also gave him his confidence to play sports again.
"Running is a huge thing in ACL recovery. It's a big milestone you have to hit, and last time, I didn't jog, wasn't allowed to jog until three months. I started jogging on this thing at about 6 weeks," he said.
With reduced impact on the trouble spot, patients can kick their rehab into high gear in connection with other physical therapy techniques.
Patricia has been dealing with debilitating arthritis for years and just had a total knee replacement. Now she can go.
"We're talking four weeks out from surgery and I'm walking where I have no pain. Not only not from the surgery but I have no pain in this leg which is full of arthritis," she said.
While Community Health Network has two of these machines, they hope it continues to expand across the area in the future and even to younger athletes who are getting their bodies stronger and can continue to build that confidence.