At Anne Howard Physical Therapy we provide the latest, state of the art equipment to help our patients feel better sooner, get well and stay fit.
We currently offer the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill at our Soquel physical therapy office. We incorporate the AlterG into patient treatment programs and have local athletes and community exercisers using it for cross-training and general fitness. See our Walking on Air Club for private rates (from $9-25/session).
We are the only location in all of Santa Cruz, Monterey or San Benito county to have the AlterG Treadmill at this time!
COME TRY RUNNING ON AIR!
Call 831-464-8809 to reserve your free 10
The AlterG, in most aspects, looks and works like a regular treadmill. Originally conceived by Dr. Robert Whalen to design effective exercise regimens for NASA’s astronauts, Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology has been adapted by AlterG for use in training and rehabilitation. Cleared by the FDA in 2008, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a medical device that can be used for:
Un-weighting is achieved in the AlterG by using air in a pressure-controlled chamber to gently lift the user. Precise calibration using our patented technology allows for very specific un-weighting from 100-20% of the users body weight in 1% increments, making it very safe for orthopedic rehabilitation. If you need to do 25% weightbearing, you can now do that with a normal walking pattern!
Something no other un-weighting modality can do!
How Does it Work?
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill creates a lifting force that allows for ultra-low impact. Once you are fit on the machine, the belt starts moving and you’re free to adjust the speed and incline, as on a regular treadmill. Only now, you can also control how much of your weight you want to feel. You can reduce your weight to about 20 percent, roughly the same sensation astronauts experience on the moon. At 50% unweighting, running has the same joint impact as walking!
With less gravity to fight, exercise becomes pain free. The
strain on your knees, hips and lower back disappears, making it easy to
maintain mobility and range of motion. This will allow ease and comfort while walking
or running, while reducing the amount of impact on your joints.
If you’ve suffered an injury or gone through surgery, you know the recovery process can be long and challenging. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, a senior citizen or a young competitor, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill can help optimize your treatment outcomes to get you back faster to the activities you love.
To experience the AlterG difference for yourself, please contact us for more information and to schedule a free trial. Download our brochure here.
831-247-5584 or 831-464-8809, Noella, Susan, or Anne will be happy to schedule your free trial!
For more information, see Alter-G.com