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It is the latest in high-tech treadmills. Developed by NASA, this anti-gravity walker is benefiting people right here on earth. Bring on the tired, torn and tattered patients who have tried and failed to get moving. “I primarily treat a neurological population, so a lot of people that have trouble walking or a high fall risk,” says Brandie Redman. Physical therapist Brandie Redman incorporates the Alter-G into her work within Lee Memorial Health System’s outpatient therapy. “It’s nice to be able to get them into a situation where they can be upright, walking, working on their strength, their gait patterns, without having the risk of falling - and feeling comfortable. And no pain,” says Redman. The obvious uses are for people with mobility issues or who may be recovering from surgery. But anti-gravity treadmills are taking training to new heights; both in rehabbing injuries are high-level training. “If someone wants to, say you’re training for the 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon - they’re going to have to push themselves to be better than the last time they were and to do that, there’s a high chance of injury,” says Greg Ackley, who is a physical therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. A zippered harness works in two ways, making it impossible to fall down while creating an air-lock around the mid-section. The machine uses air pressure to reduce body weight. “So I can jump on here and go like 80% and just take the load off my joints and everything, and I’m going to reduce injury by doing that,” says Ackley. With less resistance, people feel like they’re moving weightlessly. “I’ve been able to put a lot of different patients in it - from stroke patients to running patients. And everybody I’ve put in it has benefitted from it tremendously,” says Redman. A small step in space age technology is making a giant leap for people in their rehab or training. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org+ More details
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The benefits of this gravity free treadmill are two-fold for Greg Ackley. “I’m a doctor of physical therapy and I’m a runner.” Not your run-of-the-mill runner- a former collegiate athlete Ackley who works as a physical therapist for Lee Memorial Health System is still competitive. He finds the weight reducing benefits helps people rehab sports injuries faster. “Someone with Achilles tendonitis, common running injuries, they can hop on this and set the weight to a specific amount, and it will literally take away. So they can jump on here, run six miles and get the workout that they still need to train.” Less gravity on the body, means less pressure on the body. So from elite athletes to average Joe’s people can get back on their feet quicker. Using the treadmill patients can resume motion without risk of falling. Cameras monitor their progress, while a therapist checks their form as patients rebuild strength and stamina. “People that have had surgeries such as hip replacements, knee replacements, tendon repairs or ligament repairs in their lower extremity. It allows us to get people in the Alter-G and get them standing and start their rehab earlier because we can limit the weight on their legs,” explains Lee Memorial Health System physical therapist Tad Cranfield. Between therapy patients and injured athletes, Lee Memorial Health System is giving the gravity reducing treadmill a workout. “It’s really neat to see people who come in on a walker and maybe can only walk 500 feet get in the Alter-G and they can walk for 20 minutes,” Cranfield says. The treadmill is now open for public use- with a signed form from a doctor stating you are fit to exercise- anyone can give it a run. “It’s a good way to build up speed and prevent injury and also rehabilitate from injury,” says Ackley. Making it easier for everyone to get up and moving. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org+ More details
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Feeling off balance - is more than a difficult position. It’s a dangerous one. Falls are one of the top causes of injury and death in older Americans. “Maintaining balance is extremely important at all ages, but especially as we get older where we’re more prone to have falls. Falls can lead to fractures. Broken bones can start to limit activities, limit quality of life,” explains Lee Memorial Health System physical therapist Dawn Root. Nowadays patients can make great strides in regaining their footing. Thanks to high tech tools. It starts with pin-pointing the problem. “One of the machines we’ll use is actually the smart eco test. And there’s a couple of different tests that we can do with it. The first is a sensory organization test which will test how well the patient uses their three balance systems: Their vision. What their feet are feeling and telling them about their balance. And their vestibular system or their inner ear,” Root says. The worse thing someone with balance issues can do is give up- based on the type and underlying cause of instability- experts can help most people get back on their feet. “We have quite a large patient population that has balance deficits and vestibular deficits,” says Lee Memorial Health System physical therapist Ted Cranfield. He oversees the use of a gravity-reducing treadmill. It takes the weight off people trying to rebuild strength and coordination. “Anyone who has a difficult time standing or walking might benefit from being in the Alter-G. People with neurologic problems like stroke or Parkinson’s disease,” Cranfield says. Patients in the Alter-G feel ultra-light, and can move without fear of falling while cameras track their foot patterns. “We can tell when we start to bring the weight off, their gait pattern normalizes. We can show them in, in real time how they’re walking so they can start to make adjustments.” Putting technology to work, so people can move with confidence. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org+ More details
ALTER G Il Treadmill antigravitazionale Alter-G® M320, sviluppato presso la NASA, consente di applicare in maniera uniforme e confortevole una forza di sollevamento al corpo del paziente. Il paziente può camminare o correre in parziale riduzione del carico (fino all’l’80% del proprio peso) senza dover vincere le forze viscose determinate dall’acqua di una piscina e senza dover indossare fastidiose imbragature di sospensione. Alleggerendo il corpo fino all’80% del peso, grazie alla variazione di pressione all’interno dell’involucro d’aria, Alter-G® permette ai pazienti o atleti di camminare e correre rispettando i patterns motori senza compromettere la biomeccanica del movimento. Grazie all’impiego di ALTER-G è possibile • Recuperare fratture da stress su strutture ossee soggette a sovraccarico funzionale. • Facilitare il recupero del controllo della deambulazione in pazienti colpiti da ICTUS o da stati comatosi. • Facilitare il recupero funzionale delle articolazioni in pazienti sottoposti a chirurgia ricostruttiva negli arti inferiori. • Perdere peso senza danneggiare le articolazioni. Alter-G® M320 mediante un preciso controllo della pressione dell’aria (DAP - Differential Air Pressure) permette di migliorare le attività di condizionamento aerobico senza aumentare il rischio di lesione da sforzo; Alter-G® M320 è lo strumento ideale per: • Recuperare efficienza a seguito di interventi chirurgici • Riabilitare pazienti con lesioni agli arti inferiori • Imparare a camminare con protesi • Controllare e perdere peso • Permettere il movimento a pazienti anziani • Svolgere un reale recupero in ambito neurologico • Realizzare un efficace condizionamento aerobico • Svolgere programmi di condizionamento specifici+ More details
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Following back surgery, Wanda was confined to a wheel chair. Three years later, after rehab with two other groups, she came to BenchMark with one request – to walk. See her exciting story unfold in this 3 minute video, and learn about the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Machine.+ More details
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ALWAYS A FIRE is a short documentary film on former New York Giant CHAD JONES—a star athlete from LSU whose promising professional career was put on hold by a tragic car accident before it even had a chance to begin. The film details Chad's incredible rehabilitation and recovery from the horrific accident that nearly cost him his life. Comprised of intimate interviews with Chad and his trainers, as well as never-before-seen footage of his long road to recovery, the film provides an unflinching view of an elite athlete facing unimaginable tragedy and refusing to submit. http://www.thepublicrecord.tv Directed by Nathan Caswell & Jeremiah Zagar Produced by Jeremy Yaches Cinematography by Zak Mulligan, Julian King, Mark Stetz Production Design by Sophie Kosofsky Graphics by Jonah Birns VFX by Dorian West Color by Seth Ricart Sound Design & Mix by Tom Paul Featuring music by World Gang, Dan Deacon & The Baby Boyz Brass Band+ More details
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