Brookside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is thrilled to be the first skilled-nursing facility worldwide to acquire ZeroG® with the Woodway treadmill for use in post-acute recovery care, rapid rehabilitation and slower prevailing rehabilitation for lower-level patients. Our experienced team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide a multidisciplinary team approach to maximizing the potential for residents with physical, cognitive and communicative disabilities.
The use of ZeroG® enhances the potential to regain further independence and functionality earlier on in recovery care, and is an intervention to allow for persons at low levels of physical and cognitive capabilities. Goal setting, outcome measures, discharge planning and support are a part of the multidisciplinary approach.
The ZeroG® Gait and Balance Training System by Aretech helps individuals safely improve balance, gait and functional independence without the risk of falling. ZeroG® is a robotic body-weight support system mounted to a motorized trolley that rides along an overhead track. The advanced fall protection prevents injury by catching an individual if they start to fall. People who may be experiencing weakness and poor coordination can safely use this innovative equipment for a variety of real-world activities such as walking, balance exercises and going up and down steps.
How Does ZeroG® Work?
A therapist secures the individual into a comfortable harness, attaches it to the ZeroG® robot and therapy can begin. The amount of support is individualized for each person depending on their level of ability and can be increased or decreased with the touch of a button.
The ZeroG® software includes interactive balance training and games with visual feedback, making therapy fun and engaging while encouraging participation.
Individuals can focus on improving functional independence, not the fear of falling!
ZeroG® prevents falls and gives individuals the confidence to push the limits of what is possible. Some of the activities that ZeroG® can be used for in therapy are:
- Interactive balance exercises
- Learning how to anticipate a loss of balance
- Getting up from a chair
- Walking up and down stairs
- Stepping over floor obstacles
- Reaching activities
- Getting up from the floor
- Using assistive devices (canes, walkers, crutches)
Important therapy information from each ZeroG® treatment session is recorded, allowing therapists to monitor recovery.
Who Can Use ZeroG®?
Some of the conditions that would benefit from ZeroG® are:
- Balance Disorders
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Neurological Injuries
- Cardiac Patients in Early Recovery
“The first time I was scared out of my wits, so I said to myself they’re not going to let anything happen to me. Go with it! So I did and it gave me a feeling I haven’t had since before I was in the hospital. ZeroG® and Brookside gave me that back!”
— Linda L. / Generalized Weakness, Post-Hospital Stay & ZeroG® User
“Of the 75-plus systems we have installed around the world, your gym ranks as one of the best I have seen!”
— Joe Hidler, Ph.D. / Inventor & CEO of Aretech
“I hadn’t walked in two weeks and there I was jogging. ZeroG® helped me recover really fast. Once I got in the system, it gave me the confidence and I was walking like I was before!”
— Joan S. / Stroke Survivor & ZeroG® User
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