The weight of gravity can really do a number on our joints. For seniors, those with certain medical conditions, and athletes, it can be an impediment to physical therapy and training. At Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy, we can take the weight off with AlterG technology that was originally designed for NASA astronauts.
The AlterG treadmill utilizes differential air pressure (DAP) that allows us to reduce ground reaction forces when walking and running. It can unweight your body anywhere from between 20 to 100 percent at slow, one percent increments to provide you with just the right amount of resistance, depending on your goals.
AlterG offers benefits that include:
- Protecting healing tissue while still moving the body.
- Encouraging range of motion that isn’t possible with traditional therapies.
- Earlier initiation of closed-kinetic chain activity.
- Preventing the atrophy of muscles that are underutilized.
- Encouraging a more rapid return of motor control.
Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy can customize an AlterG treatment plan just for you with three convenient locations in Eastlake, Rancho Del Rey, and East County.
AlterG is ideal for a wide variety of patients. It is a popular way for runners to train without pain while minimizing the impact on joints and muscles. It is an ideal way for seniors to get exercise, it’s an effective way for those with neurological conditions to improve mobility in a safe environment, and it’s an effective way to rehabilitate lower extremities after an injury or surgery.
Use of the AlterG treadmill may be added to a larger physical therapy treatment plan, but sessions can also be purchased individually, with different price points and times, enabling you to customize a schedule that works for you.
To see the AlterG machine in our Chula Vista offices, or to learn more about how it can help you, contact us today. We can tell you more about how this innovative piece of equipment works, as well as whether or not it’s the right therapy for you.
We offer a wide variety of services to athletes, surgical patients, seniors, and anyone who wants to reduce pain and maximize their mobility and function.