A Faster Road to Recovery By Amanda Thome, DPT, Idaho Pain Clinic HAVE YOU EVER wondered what it would feel like to walk on the moon? Maybe you’ve wondered if you weighed 50 or 100 pounds less, could you move without pain or maybe train for that marathon with less impact and chance of injury. Those very questions had to be asked by the company behind the AlterG; the anti-gravity treadmill system that for once doesn’t require its users to don those cumbersome harnesses to achieve body-weight offloading. Clients no longer need to submerge themselves in the pool up to their shoulders to achieve 80-percent offloading. The AlterG is NASA-developed technology which uses a sealed air chamber to offload its user’s body weight. The system is able to offload up to 80 percent of the client’s weight and can be adjusted by one- percent increments, no water or harness needed.
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So what does this mean for users? This means that for some people, they will be able to take their first pain-free steps in years. It means that people recovering after orthopedic surgery can get back to walking sooner and with less pain than ever before. Users recovering from neurological conditions such as stroke, Guillain–Barré syndrome or those with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis can walk in a safe environment with body weight offloaded. The AlterG is widely used with clients who are