Step out DVT

DEEP Vein Thrombosis or Economy Class Syndrome as the condition has recently been dubbed, has aroused a massive amount of public interest during the past year.

It’s not surprising that concern about the condition has dominated headlines in Western Australia considering the isolated nature of the State and the necessity of long-haul journeys when travelling to the eastern States or abroad.

The publicity and concern about the condition has not been lost on one particular family in Western Australia who have developed a portable exercise machine to combat the con-dition.

Yokine couple Jon and Jean Patnell have developed a device called Step By Step which they hope to sell to airlines and independent travellers.

The Step by Step apparatus weighs only 125 grams and when folded is a mere 20cm x 9cm x 6cm.

Their company, Worldly Enterprises, has secured a worldwide patent for the product and, according to their Marketing Consultant, Irene Gibbs (who is also Mrs Patnell’s sister) the apparatus will create a more comfortable position when travelling long distance in confined spaces.

“All exercises are non-intrusive to other passengers and comfortable, a simple stepping action is all that is needed,” Ms Gibbs said.

“The legs can also be supported by the apparatus so that they feel as though they are floating, lifting the legs, and removing the weight off the upper thigh area.

“Disabled people can also use this device, it is ideal if they have restricted use of their legs, or problems with balance.

“It requires no installation, is easily cleaned, made of strong materials, similar to seatbelts, can be adjusted for size and adapts to any seating config-urations.”

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