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Virginia clinic opens new technology center to help patients walk again

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3/10/2011
For many people who have suffered a stroke, learning to walk again can be a long and arduous process. Now, a clinic in Virginia is using technology to help their professionals with physical therapy jobs work with stroke patients.

Therapists at the Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Center in Hanover are using the new ZeroG system at the facility's new $1.2 million iWalk Recovery Center, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The ZeroG equipment uses a harness to buckle a patient in and holds a patient up if they stumble or buckle during rehabilitation. Physical therapists take control of a hand-held remote that lets them change the level of tautness provided by the harness. The goal is for the patient to eventually bear their own weight over the course of their therapy regime.

Therapist Matt Wilks, who is the director of impatient services at Sheltering Arms, told the news agency that the new iWalk center brings together the best of both worlds for a patient.

"It really brings to bear the best technology and expert-trained clinicians to apply the latest principles and scientific research," Wilks said.

The ZeroG was originally developed for astronauts as a way to experience zero gravity. 


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Chris H says
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For more information go to: http://www.shelteringarms.com/inpatient.php?dbid=163 That's a direct link to the iWALK Recovery Center.



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