The NASA Spinoff Story

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.

One-of-a-Kind Design

We’ve designed our NASA spinoff product to provide an affordable, better, faster, smaller, intuitive and more comprehensive treatment modality for people with impaired strength and mobility.

Safety is the first priority. Borrowing from gravity-driven exercise principles, we’ve recreated the key elements of safe weight bearing physical activity that are responsible for inducing the exercise response in one’s muscles.

The second focus is accessibility. It is critical that therapy is available to all individuals, including those who require transfer from walkers and wheelchairs. It typically takes only 30 seconds from transfer to the start of a 10-minute session.

Simplicity and ease of use are important. We want to deliver a satisfying experience to both the user and the therapist. An intuitive touchscreen combined with intelligent sensors and control system make treatment extremely simple to apply. The therapist can work with the individual to progress over time from a most debilitated state to full, independent function.

Contact one of our knowledgeable team members to learn more about this exciting new treatment modality. Visit our “Contact” page to learn more, call us at 920.395.5339 or email at

Medical and Scientific Advisors

We have engaged a medical & scientific advisory team comprised of experts in rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, muscle atrophy, vibration safety, and physiological signals processing to develop this NASA spinoff technology into a versatile accessible physical therapy and occupational therapy.

  • Robert Limoni, MD, BayCare Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Danny Riley, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ahmet Turkmen, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Neil Binkley, MD, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Martha Hinman, PT, EdD, Hardin-Simmons University
Moon Walk Image Courtesy of NASA