This research aims to help patients who have lower back pain. Aside from this earthly benefits, it could also help benefit astronauts who undergo muscle loss when in space. It is difficult to retain muscle mass and bone density in space.
From Science Minister Chris Skidmore (via gov.uk):
“By learning about how to tackle muscle wasting in astronauts who experience zero gravity in space, this pioneering research hopes to lessen the impact on future spaceflights, something which will be particularly important if we ever send humans on the long journey to Mars.
“It has benefits on Earth too, helping the thousands of patients who develop muscle weakness from lengthy stays in a hospital bed.”
The project is also supported by various aerospace institutions such as the European Space Station (ESA), NASA, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
(Image Credit: DLR)