Anti-Gravity Treadmill Coming to Genesis Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

Train Through Injuries

Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows
users to run or walk with greatly reduced
impact. It provides up to 80 percent body
weight support to reduce stress and strain
on the joints to help people rehabilitate
from injury.

We’ve all seen footage of the first astronauts making their floating walk on the moon. Now, you can experience that feeling of weightlessness as you rehabilitate from injury on our anti-gravity treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill enables users to run or walk while reducing their body weight in 1 percent increments.

With its ability to provide up to 80 percent body support, the treadmill helps reduce stress and strain on the body. The treadmill’s patented gravity differential technology uses an advanced air pressure system to create a lifting force to the body, so people can run or walk normally, with less pain and impact on their joints and muscles.

“The AlterG® treadmill offers the same anti-gravity technology originally developed at NASA and is ideal for people who are rehabilitating from injury or surgery or who want to achieve peak performance through an advanced training aid,” says physical therapist and clinic supervisor Kathryn Ellsworth, PT, DPT, OCS.

Controlling gravity while running or walking enables people to:

  • Train through injuries
  • Gain independence despite minimal ability to walk
  • Overspeed train with minimal strain on joints
  • Enjoy a speedier and less painful recovery
  • Eliminate pain from chronic injuries while improving strength
  • Have access to the same peak performance tools as world-class runners.

“This treadmill is great for people faced with lower extremity pain, soft tissue healing constraints, or limited mobility from neurological conditions,” Ellsworth says. “It makes it easier for obese people to exercise and has even been featured by contestants on the TV show ‘The Biggest Loser.’”

Ellsworth adds, “It can be used for rehabilitative exercise for people who have arthritis, foot or ankle pain, are recovering from stroke, or who
are recovering from joint replacement surgery or a lower-extremity fracture, for example.”

The AlterG® is easy to use and different from a traditional treadmill. First, users step onto the anti-gravity treadmill, raise the enclosure to their waist and zip into the air chamber that surrounds their lower body. The controls are nearly identical to any treadmill, beginning with the AlterG® measuring body weight when “start” is pressed.

With the up/down arrows on the control panel, users can decrease their body weight, with the air chamber inflating around their lower body so the air pressure literally “floats” them off the treadmill to the body weight setting they have selected. In addition to the standard treadmill safety features, support from the inflated air chamber makes users feel more secure during exercise.

Genesis Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is located at 1702 E. 53rd St. in Davenport. To find out more call 563-421-9660 or click here for more information.

Specialized Services and Programs

Specialized services and programs at Genesis Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine include:

  • Immediate post-injury athletic screens
  • Throwing and running video analysis
  • Sport-specific treatment plans
  • Safe and accelerated return to athletic participation
  • Power Sports Performance
  • Sportsmetrics™ ACL Injury Prevention Program
  • Return to Golf Program
  • Orthotic casting
  • Laser Therapy
  • Indoor pitching mound
  • Underwater treadmill

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