Innovators in the Therapeutic Vibration Science and Technology Movement

Disuse atrophy and biomechanics expert Jeff Leismer, PhD (Founder and CEO of VibeTech, Inc., a NASA Spinoff venture) initially aimed to solve the problem of bone loss during space flight. Astronauts can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass during a single year in space, thus limiting the duration of missions. Performing weight-bearing exercise, which prevents the loss of bone, is not an option in zero gravity.

While working on a solution, Dr. Leismer discovered that properly tuned and delivered vibration to the lower extremity muscles activated a natural stretch reflex. With just a 10-minute application, his invention could completely fatigue leg muscles without any physical exertion on the part of a user.

He later realized that vibration could be used to help people who cannot tolerate traditional weight-bearing physical exercise. Now, VibeTech, Inc., a NASA Spinoff company funded in part by National Institute of Health and NASA, is revolutionizing the field of rehabilitation with its patented, clinically-tested neuromusculoskeletal stimulation equipment designed to help people regain their strength and independence, regardless of their degree of immobility.

View the NASA spinoff publication.

VibeTech has performed over a dozen research projects and clinical studies funded by NASA, NIH, public and private foundations, and customers, as well as conducting on-going studies, evaluations, and development projects on a daily basis at its own R&D facility. Each study has been used to perfect the technology and establish best practices in the field to ensure that patients receiving treatment have the best outcomes possible and are more engaged with their therapy and to ensure that caregivers remain as productive as possible while providing the highest level of care possible to their patients.

 

Featured Technology:  The VibeTech 2™

The VibeTech 2 (VT2) is configured as a biomechanical stimulation system for the lower extremities (with the ability to incorporate upper body and core exercise features). It offers resistance exercise, range of motion exercise, and therapeutic vibration for neuromusculoskeletal stimulation, and it works with or without user effort. There are no known contraindications for treatment, making this the ideal tool for rehab, injury prevention/health maintenance, and performance enhancement.

Jeff Leismer, PhD – VibeTech, Inc. Founder & CEO

Dr. Jeff Leismer, CEO & Founder with. Ed Morgan, CFO (seated)

 

Dr. Jeff Leismer is an entrepreneur with a passion for pioneering non-invasive medical equipment to reduce atrophy of the body and improve quality of life through applied therapeutic vibration science and technology. Since 2000, he has been developing space medicine technologies, which led to the invention of VibeTech’s core science and technology and the spinoff of new, related technologies for various market applications.

He is Founder & CEO of VibeTech, Inc. (Sheboygan, WI.), a NASA Spinoff company that provides unprecedented improvements in strength, function, and quality of life, and reduction of pain for rehab & recovery, prevention of injury and health maintenance, and performance enhancement. Dr. Leismer has secured 8 patents, with 5 pending in the US and abroad and has received research grants and business awards from federal, state and local government, universities and private foundations.

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Clinical Results

VibeTech has been operating a research and demonstration site in Sheboygan, Wisconsin since the summer of 2018. In that time, we have had nearly 50 visitors comprised of healthy individuals, people with mobility impairments, people recovering from injury/surgery, individuals looking to build strength before surgery, people with neuropathy, people looking to reduce pain in their feet, legs, and low back, and more. We captured data from every user. Below are some highlights from this work. 

A 2-point reduction in pain on the Numeric Rating Scale for Pain (0-10) is considered clinically significant. VibeTech patients, on average, reported a clinically significant reduction in pain from each treatment, and they reported that the relief lasted for hours. Some patients reported that their pain did not return until the following day.

These results were recorded by clinicians in several therapy departments involved with VibeTech’s phase I early adopter program after discovering that multiple patients were reporting reduced pain due to treatment.

Learn more by downloading our white paper on pain relief. —Pain Relief Research

Averaging the data collected from the new VibeTech 2, users experienced a statistically significant increase in comfortable squat depth (range of motion).

Users of the VibeTech 2 start their session with a range of motion test performed directly on the system. The test replicates the motion of a squat, but it does not require the user to stand, thus it is safer for the user and easier to perform for the session administrator.

Read about statistically significant gains in sit-and-reach flexibility due to VibeTech treatment by downloading the following white paper: —Gains in Sit-and-Reach Flexibility White Paper

Users gain a significant amount of leg strength due to a single 10-minute treatment, and the increased muscle activation responsible for the strength gains can last for hours.

Strength tests performed directly on the VibeTech 2 at the beginning of each session not only establish the resistance and vibration intensity for the session, they also provide baseline measurements to compare to post-session results. This establishes the immediate benefits of treatment as well as enables strength to be monitored over time for each user. Moreover, the artificial intelligence (AI) built into the system enables the user to progress safely and rapidly.

The above results demonstrate the immediate effects of a 10-minute session on the VT2. These effects last for hours.

Over a longer period, some of our regular visitors have shown significant gains in their baseline (pre-treatment) strength, as shown in the figure below. Note that this individual tripled their strength after just 12 sessions, and those sessions took place approximately once-a-week. The individual no-longer has a fear of falling, and the symptoms of neuropathy in her leg appear to have disappeared.

Vision

To restore and enhance quality of life by harnessing our world-class expertise in applied therapeutic vibration science to commercialize cutting edge healthcare technology.

In addition to restoring and enhancing quality of life, we aim to integrate our technology into the existing healthcare infrastructure in a manner that increases efficacy, reduces costs, and improves user outcomes while increasing engagement and satisfaction, thus increasing the value of care provided.

As the leader of the therapeutic vibration revolution, we are the catalyst in an embryonic, pioneering industry. We foster the spirit of innovation and academic research to solve the universal need of atrophy prevention and reversal throughout the continuum of care.