ZeroG®Gait and Balance System
That technology is the ZeroG® Gait and Balance System, the first of its kind north of the Twin Cities. A robotic body-weight support system, ZeroG’s centerpiece is a harness hanging from an overhead track, that will allow patients to practice a wide range of life-changing physical rehabilitation therapies without the risk of falling. That support allows for more intense therapy, earlier in rehabilitation, for dramatically better results.
“Research shows that higher intensity workouts improve outcomes,” says Chris Thorson, Rehabilitation Services Manager at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center. “Patients gain the confidence that they won’t fall, and we can more easily help them.”
Without committed donors who understand the importance of their work, ZeroG and other state-of-the-art equipment would not be available. An anonymous donor, in particular, was so deeply moved by the care that his wife received at Polinsky that he wanted to advance rehabilitation to the next level. She worked so hard as a patient—to walk, to climb stairs, to not fall—that he wanted to respond with the same determined focus on progress.
“You want to provide the best opportunity to improve life,” our donor says. “There’s always a lot of improvement that can be made—always. And it’s not always the improvement itself, but the fact that you’re working to improve.”