AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
Return to running and physical activity sooner after injury or surgery with the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. The AlterG is a tool used early in the rehabilitative process that provides accurate, safe, and comfortable partial weight-bearing support while promoting normal gait patterns.
The AlterG allows injured athletes to use their normal running form in recovering and seamlessly transitioning back to full-sport participation without the need to introduce water or other forms of cross training to preserve fitness. Using technology originally designed by NASA, the AlterG enables the athlete to reach the aerobic intensity of his or her previous workouts while decreasing the impact and stress of the lower extremity structures (hips, knees, ankles or feet) and the injured area, thus preventing lapses in training during the recovery process.
How it works:
The AlterG uses advanced differential air pressure technology to generate a powerful lifting force, which provides precise unweighting in 1% increments from 20% body weight up to 100% (full weight bearing). The athlete wears custom neoprene shorts and zips into the airtight chamber, which then becomes pressurized and calibrates to their exact body weight to allow for total control over the amount of weight bearing. Patients can adjust it to the exact point in which exercise becomes pain free, enabling the physical therapist to accurately measure and track progress.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is beneficial for the following functional rehabilitation indications:
- Performance training for athletes
- Overspeed training, intervals, hill training up to 15% incline, single leg hops, plyometrics, agility drills, lateral training, backpedaling
- Senior health and wellness
- Fall prevention, osteoporosis prevention, balance training, cardiovascular conditioning, strength and coordination
- Weight management (Conditioning for obese individuals, maintaining caloric expenditure, enabling exercise with co-morbidities, safe exercise introduction, ability to feel target body weight and gain motivation from feeling it, decreased stress-related injuries)
- Athletes with neurological conditions (Helps restore balance and a safe return to activity for people with neurological conditions such as: Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, post stroke, traumatic brain injury, and incomplete spinal cord injury; amputees learning to walk again or adjusting to a new prosthesis)
- Enables running for those who can’t run because of old injuries or arthritis, gives the chance to get extra workouts without the impact on joints, makes running more fun.