Passive Exercise Device Aids Patients With Circulatory Issues, Aches, PainsBy Rehab Management,
Publication Date: November/December 2010
Article describes a device that purports to produce circulatory benefits similar to those achieved by moderate exercise without putting stress on the body. The Exer-Rest is based on a therapeutic approach called whole body periodic acceleration (WBPA) whereby the user’s body is accelerated and decelerated, head to foot, in such a way that therapeutic effectiveness is derived naturally from the individual’s own body. The product is intended for people with severe pain due to injury or joint inflammation and limited mobility, such as those with Parkinson's disease, stroke, and arthritis. The user relaxes on a mattress atop a motorized platform that traverses head to foot about half of an inch at a rate of 140 times per minute. According to the manufacturer, Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems Inc (NIMS), the movement adds pulses to the user’s natural pulse, which increases the release of beneficial mediators such as nitric oxide throughout the body’s vasculature paths. Available on the NIMS website, studies published in 33 peer-reviewed scientific journals have demonstrated the Exer-Rest’s efficacy and safety in improving the quality of life of individuals over a wide range of ages and activity levels. The device is FDA listed as a Class I Exempt Medical Device and is available in two models, the AT3800 and the wider AT4700.
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