For the first time ever, patients can practice balance training with biofeedback, with simultaneous fall protection and dynamic body-weight support.
Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) February 12, 2014
Aretech, LLC announced today it has released Version 2 (V.2) of the ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System, which was unveiled last week at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. ZeroG V.2 has the same safety, quality and proven performance1 as the previous version of ZeroG with added innovative features which are the first of their kind in the rehabilitation field. Some of the new features include an anticipatory balance program with biofeedback, the integration of Google GlassTM, larger patient capacity, a smaller and more responsive trolley that supports higher walking speeds, tools for researchers, expanded data recording and enhanced treadmill integration.
“In 2008 when the first patient used ZeroG in therapy, I knew the technology was something special. But I never dreamed of how many people would be impacted in the years ahead. Now, in 2014, Aretech has taken gait and balance training to another level, which is very exciting. For the first time ever, patients can practice balance training with biofeedback, with simultaneous fall protection and dynamic body-weight support. We have also integrated Google Glass into the ZeroG architecture, giving therapists additional tools to treat their patients and track recovery. And the system as a whole is smaller, lighter and faster. We are confident that ZeroG Version 2 will help thousands of patients as they journey on their road to a meaningful recovery,” said Dr. Joe Hidler, CEO of Aretech, LLC and inventor of ZeroG.
About the Aretech ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System
ZeroG, invented by Aretech CEO, Dr. Joe Hidler, provides patients dynamic body-weight support as they practice walking, balance activities, and other Activities of Daily Living with simultaneous fall protection. With fully integrated Woodway treadmill controls in the ZeroG software, patients can also practice treadmill-based gait training. ZeroG monitors important information at more than 1,000 times per second, so that if a fall is detected, the system can safely catch the patient. And because its trolley rides on a customized ceiling track, there are no barriers between the therapist and the patient. This truly encourages patient-therapist interaction. With a press of a button on a touchscreen computer or wirelessly on a Google NexusTM tablet, therapists can adjust the amount of body-weight support, fall distance, and other parameters in order to modulate the intensity and complexity of each training session. Aretech’s ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System is listed with the Food and Drug Administration and is certified to safety standard IEC 60601-1, 3rd edition.
Advantages of Using ZeroG
- Patients can safely begin their walking therapy early after neurological and orthopedic injuries, with early and intensive therapy being key factors related to the recovery of walking in neurological injuries2.
- The system provides the highest level of safety to the patient, removing the potential for a fall. ZeroG also reduces the risk of injuries to therapists.
- Balance activities with biofeedback can be practiced safely with fall protection and dynamic body-weight support.
- A single therapist can train even the largest, most impaired patients.
- Since the system is ceiling mounted, subjects can practice obstacles such as stairs and uneven terrain, practice sit to stand tasks, and can use assistive devices.
- ZeroG records training parameters such as patient walking distance, number of falls prevented, min & max body-weight support, and many others. This information can be used to track a patient’s recovery.
- With fully integrated Woodway treadmill controls, therapists can control all aspects of the training session through a single touch screen interface and can monitor treadmill training parameters such as distance walked, treadmill speed and more.
About Aretech, LLC
Aretech, LLC, headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, was founded in 2008 by Dr. Joe Hidler. The company has a strong commitment to developing advanced rehabilitation technologies that will help enhance function and independence in patients after neurological and orthopedic injuries. Aretech works closely with physical therapists, physicians and researchers to develop cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies founded upon scientific principles. Aretech designs, manufactures and installs the ZeroG product line, and handles all sales, education, and customer training. Additional information about Aretech, LLC can be found at http://www.aretechllc.com.
1. Hidler, et al. J Rehabil Res Dev. 48(4):287-98, 2011
2. Horn, et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005, 86(12 Suppl 2):S101-S114.
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