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Passive exercise!

The AT-101 is a non-invasive means for passive exercise that serves as an aid to improve circulation as well as joint mobility. The process does not stress either muscles or joints, is pain-free, causes no discomfort, and yet is the passive equivalent of jogging while you are lying flat on your back.

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They reported that 45 minutes of AT101 application in 14 healthy subjects and 40 patients suffering from a variety of illnesses released nitric oxide in all trials. Its importance is reflected by the award of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for discoveries concerning "nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system." Nitric oxide levels in the blood are increased naturally in the body during active exercise and accounts for several of its beneficial effects including prevention of arteriosclerosis.

Drs. Sackner and Adams said that "nitric oxide is beneficial to the body because it opens blood vessels more widely and suppresses inflammation in a way similar to cortisone products without the harmful side effects of these drugs." Ten to 15 daily AT101 applications of AT101 passive exercise device were administered to 25 patients with chronic inflammatory diseases and a quality of life questionnaire provided before and after the trial. These diseases included osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, restless legs syndrome, chronic venous insufficiency, and coronary artery disease. There were statistically significant improvements in vitality, body pain and role physical following the application of the AT101 program. "These benefits suggest that the body's release of nitric oxide with the AT101 passive exercise device might be beneficial to a large number of other diseases which have as their basis chronic inflammation," added Drs Sackner and Adams.

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Passive exercise!?! I like the sound of that.

November 5, 2003 in complementary and alternative medicine , exercise, research, symptom management | Permalink