If you are recovering from a lower-body injury, you may have access to a new device – initially developed by NASA – to help you rehabilitate without pain. It’s called Alter G, an anti-gravity treadmill available inside LVHN–One City Center in downtown Allentown and LVHN Rehabilitation Center–Schuylkill in Pottsville.
Alter G, a treadmill surrounded by an inflatable skirt enclosure, allows you to walk or run at 20 to 100 percent of your body weight. The controlled-air-pressure system is designed to reduce impact on lower-body injuries while permitting a normal workout.
“We can use the Alter G treadmill during the rehabilitation process for various injuries,” says Kevin Trexler, physical therapist at LVH Rehabilitation Services–One City Center. “Whether you are a marathon runner trying to return to running after a stress fracture or a post-surgical patient beginning to walk again, the ability to control someone's body weight on the Alter G allows us to safely manage the force and stress that is exerted on the patient post injury.”
Alter G also has significantly less impact on your normal walking and running biomechanics than pools. “It's simple to use and may allow your physical therapist to get you moving earlier, allowing you to reach your goals faster,” Trexler says.
A physician’s referral is required to use Alter G.