Antigravity & Virtual Reality: Helen Hayes Hospital Offers Latest High-tech Rehab Devices

November 9, 2015

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of three new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment to be used in the hospital’s rehabilitation programs. These devices—which incorporate some of the latest innovations in balance, antigravity and virtual reality technology—are available to patients at the hospital recovering from numerous conditions including joint replacements, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury, neurological disorders and more.

AlterG Antigravity Treadmill M320

Using innovative, patented NASA technology, the AlterG Antigravity Treadmill can reduce a user’s weight to as low as 20% of its total. The resulting, unweighted treadmill experience—described by users as “walking on air”—allows users to regain mobility, develop strength and fitness, and increase range of motion while minimizing stress on existing injuries. The AlterG’s fall-safe, weight-reduced environment is also ideal for therapy use by individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other neurological conditions, as well as older individuals.

Bertec Balance Advantage CDP (Computer Dynamic Posturography)

The Bertec Balance Advantage is a highly-effective tool for assessing and treating balance deficits in individuals affected by dizziness, vertigo, vestibular disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, neuro-degenerative diseases, lower limb amputation and more. Offering the latest in Computerized Dynamic Posturography, the device utilizes an immersive virtual reality screen, safety harness, and dual force balance plate to objectively quantify and differentiate among a variety of factors influencing an individual’s static and dynamic balance. Under the supervision of a certified therapist, the individual can then safely work on the Bertec Balance Advantage to reach his or her balance goals, tracking their progress along the way.

BalanceWear BW300 Device

The BalanceWear BW300 is a custom fitted vest which holds strategically placed light weights on its inner shell to compensate for balance impairments. After an assessment by a trained therapist, patients utilize this device during therapy with the goal of acquiring a vest for home use if appropriate. The goal of the vest is to correct for multi-directional balance deficits and aide in improved mobility for patients affected by Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, osteoporosis, ataxia, cerebral palsy, dizziness and advanced age.

These state-of-the-art rehab devices—and many others—are available to HHH patients as part of a full range of multi-disciplinary rehabilitative services dedicated to enabling them to resume active, independent lives. If you would like to learn more, please contact the HHH Public Relations Department at 845-786-4225.