An AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill available for patient use at the Center for Sports Medicine of Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) was called a “gamechanger” by a member of the center physical therapist team.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill was purchased recently for the center located in Tipp City by the UVMC Foundation.
“We are truly fortunate to join an elite group of providers who have this advanced technology for their patients. This includes such professional sports teams as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and Browns,” said Jennifer Jones, manager of the Center for Sports Medicine.
“As the only outpatient rehabilitation facility in the Dayton region with AlterG, we are excited to offer this cutting-edge technology to the patients and athletes in our area,” Jones said.
The AlterG allows users to push physical therapy rehabilitation and training beyond normal limits using unweighting technology.
This technology allows the equipment to reduce gravity’s impact on joints and muscles by supporting 20 percent to 100 percent of the user’s body weight as they walk or run.
The user wears a special pair of shorts and is surrounded from the waist down with a heavy duty plastic/canvas bag that attaches to the shorts. The machine determines the pace on the treadmill based on the user’s weight and extent of joint and muscle strength.
“The innovative AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a game changer in physical therapy rehabilitation. It can help a broader spectrum of people – top athletes, orthopedic and neurologic, pediatric or geriatric patients – to achieve personal health, wellness or performance goals more quickly than before,” said Brian Jans, board certified physical therapist at the center’s Sports Clinic.
Jans said the team is treating a wide range of patients with the treadmill and looking to expand its rehabilitation program using the treadmill to include elderly recovering from a break or wanting to improve their conditioning.
The Sports Medicine staff said the other benefits of the treadmill include:
• Rehabilitating lower extremity injuries with less pain and less impact on joints and muscles
• Improving mobility, strength and safety for those with neurological conditions
• Helping provide a safe way to lose weight and exercise more intensively while unweighted
• Allowing more efficient recovery after training or competitions.
The center offers a self-pay program for those who do not have a prescription for physical therapy and want to use the Alter G for reconditioning, weight loss, and while recovering from an injury that may not require physical therapy. Participants in the self-pay program can purchase 10, 30-minute session for $50, 20 sessions for $75 or individuals sessions for $10 per session.
For more information on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, contact the UVMC Center for Sports Medicine at the Hyatt Center in Tipp City at (937) 440-7152.