The cardiopulmonary lab was designed and equipped to allow students to learn how to perform testing and treatment
of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Bicycle ergometers and treadmills support
this instruction and can also be utilized for research purposes.
One of the treadmills, a Biodex Gait Trainer™, provides both auditory and visual feedback
to help patients learn to walk more normally. An unweighting system can be used to
decrease the amount of weight that the patient has to bear during walking activities.
This treadmill is also equipped with a music therapy module that was designed to help
patients with Parkinson's Disease improve their walking.
Other equipment in the lab allows for testing and treating patients with balance and
walking disturbances. A full battery of tests for balance can be performed using the
Bertec computerized system. This system also provides treatment protocols for improving
balance. In addition, a 16-foot walkway and specialized software can be utilized to
measure, assess and analyze any condition affecting walking or balance. Both of these
systems can also be utilized for testing and treating patients at locations off campus.