Steve Finn, PT, DPT, OCS
The AlterG is a revolutionary Anti-Gravity Treadmill. The concept of unweighing to facilitate a faster, more effective, recovery of rehab patients has been around for many years. Many of us have been fortunate enough to work in facilities that offer aquatic rehab or advanced harness unweighing capabilities.
The AlterG provides therapists with an opportunity to leverage technology in order to enhance patient outcomes. Modifying research initially generated by NASA, the AlterG allows you to work with a patient in a range from 20 to 100 percent of their body weight. This incredible technology has far-reaching implications for a wide variety of patients with varying orthopedic or neurological problems.
Patient set-up time is typically three minutes to get “zipped in,” and therapists can change the percent of weight bearing in one percent increments. The degree of unweighing can be set to the level in which the patient can perform the specific activity pain-free or in a more normal coordinated sequence.
Forward and backward walking/running, hopping, jumping and a limitless number of proprioceptive exercises can be completed by the patient. This also provides the therapist with an additional documentation advantage to precisely describe improvement in weight bearing status as patients progress toward their ultimate goals.
You can learn much more about the AlterG here. We’re excited to incorporate this cutting-edge technology into our current hands-on practice.
A 19-year employee of RehabVisions, Steve Finn works in a new therapy space/wellness center in a rural hospital. The therapy department includes an aquatics facility and state-of-the-art therapy equipment. The department has recently added The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, so Steve has been doing his research to incorporate it into their evidence-based practice.