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'Anti-Gravity' Treadmills Speed Rehabilitation

Issue: 2009 Category: Health and Medicine Category Icon - Health and Medicine
Page: 40 Center: Ames Research Center
State: CA Manufacturer: Alter-G Inc.
Origin: Astronaut life support
Tech Terms: musculoskeletal fitness, treadmill, anti-gravity, air pressure, unloading, unweighing, rehabilitation, athletic injury, medical, health, military, head injury, walk, weightlessness, space station, ISS
A former Ames Research Center engineer, Dr. Robert Whalen, invented a treadmill that he licensed to a Menlo Park, California company, Alter-G Inc. The company's G-Trainer is an enclosed treadmill that uses air pressure to help patients feel up to 80-percent lighter, easing discomfort during rehabilitation. A patient desiring more weightlessness during a workout can simply press a button and the air pressure increases, lifting the body and reducing strain and impact. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the G-Trainer for medical use in January 2008, and researchers are now assessing the G-Trainer's effectiveness in aiding patients with various neurological or musculoskeletal conditions.
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PDF Chart: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2009/Slides/HM/AlterG.pdf
Company: http://www.alter-g.com
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