GlideTrak was first designed to meet requests from doctors and researchers to bring the benefits of cost-effective, high-percentage body unweighting to centers for sport training, fitness, therapy, and rehabilitation. Because GlideTrak provides unobstructed views and hands-on access to patients during treatment, it is becoming a favorite for rehab medical professionals, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. The GlideTrak's sturdy frame on locking wheels rolls over any existing treadmill, making it accessible to every therapy and sport rehab center, large or small.
GlideTrak's patented, comfortable suspension system is the first of its kind. This revolutionary seating concept securely cradles the pelvis and lifts the bodyweight without any pressure on sensitive perineal tissues or by relying on uncomfortable and restrictive harness systems. Simple strap adjustments allow the desired amount of unweighting from complete (100%) unweighting to full weight bearing. The patient has the option to lift one or both legs any time to rest, ease pain, or correct gait, which makes it easy to train with a single leg or gradually integrate the involved limb (Differential Training). The GlideTrak also has an optional Balance Harness upgrade offered for added security, comfort, and postural control. It also allows the option of safe, regular treadmill use with or without the GlideTrak saddle assembly.
For rehab patients using the GlideTrak, benefits range from natural body movement, earlier pain-free intervention, safe training while in rehabilitation, and maintenance of peak fitness levels during recovery. Numerous studies have supported the benefits of high percentage body unweighting for patients with neurological disorders, showing that faster gait speeds are the key that drives brain neuroplasticity. It is also used as a motivational tool for obese patients, as users can immediately experience what it would feel like to weigh less, exercise with less joint impact and stress on tendons while improving their cardiovascular health.
GlideTrak also offers the only complete training system where patients can rehabilitate indoors and continue lifelong exercise outdoors on their on GlideCycle. Client acceptance is high and many describe unweighted movement as a "sensation of walking or running on the moon."
Medical professionals can purchase a GlideTrak through Patterson Medical with units starting at $5200. For more information, go to the website at www.glidetrak.com
Run Hard....run fast...run long. GlideCycle's unweighted technology offers a tremendous new advancement in rehabilitation, sports training, and aerobic conditioning simply by allowing athletes and clients to train without impact to sensitive bones and joints. GlideCycles are being order all over the country by rehab centers to treat patients by working muscles and joints through a greater range of motion. www.glidecycle.com
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 80,000 physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide.
About the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)
The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA's specialty sections. CSM 2013 will bring together more than 9,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for several stimulating days of exceptional programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall filled with products and services in San Diego, California.
About Patterson Medical
Patterson Medical is the world's leading distributor of rehabilitation, sports medicine and assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The global customer base includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and dealers.