A rehabilitation program is specifically designed for each individual depending on the injury, disorder or illness. A multidisciplinary team approach for care and service is the basis of rehabilitation treatment. Multidisciplinary refers to the fact that many different disciplines work together toward a common goal.
Almost Like Walking in Space – AlterG Anti–Gravity Treadmill
According to physical therapist Hannah Ferguson, the AlterG is a welcomed addition to the hospital’s Outpatient Therapy department. “We are so excited to offer our patients this unique and cutting-edge technology for improved walking, balance, strengthening and running. The AlterG allows us to take off some of the pressure in the joints in their legs, just like being in a pool, and allows them to move more with less pain. This is an opportunity to enhance their physical therapy experience and allow them to achieve greater goals for their health.”
Patients can use the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to recover from injury and surgery because it allows them to immediately do partial weight-bearing exercises. Patients with neurological disorders maintain, and in some cases, can even regain functionality and mobility working with the AlterG. It is also a wonderful tool to use with patients who are wanting to lose weight, in conjunction with lifestyle and diet change, exercise more with less joint impact and stress.
Benefits to using Anti-Gravity Treadmill technology include unprecedented therapy and training capabilities without the concern of weight-bearing restrictions. The Treadmill controls gravity though air pressure to provide a gentle and comfortable lifting force that reduces a patient’s body weight by as much as 80% so the patient can walk freely and easily.
“This equipment allows us to get patients walking who have to use crutches, canes, or walkers in their everyday routine, enabling our patients to progress though rehab in a safe and effective manner,” says Ferguson. “The impact on the body and the pain of recovery are reduced with the AlterG, which helps people achieve better results.”
Alter-G treadmills can be used for a wide range of injuries and medical conditions, including osteoarthritis, broken bones and muscle strains, multiple sclerosis, strokes, deconditioning, cerebral palsy, weight loss or traumatic brain injury.