The REVIVER Device
The Neuromuscular Axial Technology Device (NATD) called REVIVER by Isodynamics was originally designed to improve the balance and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Atypical Parkinsonism.
There are three models:
Adam requires the patient to tilt, move and hold themselves into the position using their own capabilities,
Eve has a built-in motor and straps to assist patients with less strength and mobility, and
a third that is a bed upon which severely impaired people can lay and still get a level of benefit from exercise almost impossible to get from any other source.
All three REVIVER devices have been listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods as a Class 1 Medical Device.
REVIVER is now demonstrating incredible results in improving balance and mobility in all types of patients with all types of neuromuscular diseases and conditions who have difficulty moving, balancing, and exercising.
It allows people to exercise far beyond their unassisted capacity, including those who are so debilitated that they were no longer able to perform exercise.
The device has been under testing and development at a pilot clinic in Sydney, Australia. Outcomes at the pilot clinic have been extremely promising, with PD users experiencing a 22% (p<1x10-5; N=15, unpublished data) increase in mobility (reduction in timed up and go times; TUG) over an average period of 26 days.
Users also report improved balance, improved muscle tone, and capacity to return to desisted activities such as walking unassisted, climbing stairs and swimming. Numerous patients had lost the ability to walk unassisted but regained this ability after 2-10 weeks of training on this machine.
Although other therapies may feature elements of the above benefits, no device to our knowledge has all the of these attributes in a single machine. Furthermore, given the tiled motion of the head in this therapy, it may also have an effect on glymphatic fluid and CSF flow in the brain.
How does it work?
It works by placing the user at a tilted angle and rotating them around. Placing the user at an angle has two consequences. Firstly, the vestibular system is strongly activated, to a degree not experienced in everyday life, or during other types of balance training. Secondly, muscles involved in the maintenance of balance reflexively contract to maintain an upright position.
Essentially the Reviver device tilts your body at a specific angle to gravity while moving you in a slow, radial, wave-like motion around your central pivot point in a slow and gentle manner.
While that seems simple enough, it is our belief that this insightful process (and one that is in clinical trials now with Monash University and the CSIRO) instigates an automatic response in your brain to activate the muscles across your body, especially those that have become dormant due to age, limited use, damage or disability.
This automatic isodynamic response must fire the neural pathways in your brain that you also have potentially not used in some time, and engage the nervous system to then actively help your body resist the effect of gravity, create balance, and build muscle strength.
Now your body is effectively beginning to heal itself.
Think about it. Your body knows how to heal bones, nails, soft tissue, wounds, and emotions - when you get of the way and let it. It is our belief that it can also reverse many of the symptoms and outcomes associated with neuromuscular disease and damage when you automatically stimulate activity in parts of your brain and nervous system that otherwise may not be getting used or a blocked in some way.
Now while this may not mean complete healing of all conditions, we have seen for ourselves the hundreds of patients that have come to our clinic received a customised therapy program, and used the machines to see an absolute reversal of many debilitating symptoms and outcomes.
You can be sceptical, or you can come to the clinic and meet our fully-qualified, ESSA-certified Exercise Physiologists to see for yourself under Medicare, NDIS, Private Health funds or the Dept of Veteran Affairs.
The whole program is completed in short bursts on the machine in a natural position that reflects your particular condition and physical capability using our manual, assisted, or horizontal machine.
It is extremely gentle without the traditional effects of impact, pain or increased cardio associated with exercise therapies, and delivered by our amazing team in a caring and positive environment.