Have you recently undergone an invasive surgical procedure? Do you suffer from foot, ankle, hip, or knee pain that makes running or moving an uncomfortable feat? Do you have an underlying condition that makes joint or muscle pain feel chronic?
These are all common conditions that can be extremely uncomfortable, making you feel limited in your mobility. Pain is inconvenient and isolating, making many people feel as if they are unable to do the activities they used to love. Fortunately, at Fit 4 Life, we have the experience, methods, and tools you need to relieve your pain and reclaim your mobility. If you identify with any of these scenarios, you may benefit from our Tampa, FL AlterG Treadmill treatments – the only anti-gravity treadmill.
What is the AlterG Treadmill?
The term “anti-gravity” admittedly makes it sound like a contraption from a science-fiction universe. In reality, this treadmill was created using advanced contemporary science and technology. The Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology has been patented by NASA, allowing for precise calibration of air pressure. The pressurized mechanics of the treadmill act to “unweight” the patient while the machine is in use. By doing so, the patient is able to use the treadmill by seemingly “floating” above it – allowing them to complete their exercise treatments without the harsh foot-to-treadmill impact you get with normal gravity.
Post-operative patients are the prime candidates for the AlterG Treadmill. Patients are strapped into the middle of it, with their feet enclosed in the pressurized case. By safely securing patients, they are able to use the weight-bearing treadmill freely, without pressure on their legs or the fear of falling off of it. Other conditions that have shown improvement through the AlterG Treadmill include tendinitis, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, spine fusions, stress fractures, neurological disorders, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), and total joint replacement.
How will AlterG benefit me?
This device will reduce the impact of your body weight by 80% while in use. It is a form of treatment that can be beneficial to anyone – athletes, seniors, patients working through physical rehabilitation, etc. It provides some much-needed relief that most other treatments simply are not able to do. By releasing the gravitational pressure of your body, the AlterG Treadmill is able to help you comfortably restore your normal walking, jogging, running, and moving mechanics. It also promotes strengthening exercises that heal damaged tissue and build more muscle. All of this adds up to a much safer, quicker, and comfortable recovery than you may experience without it.
The AlterG technology provides a controlled environment for patients to exercise and heal. This allows them to return to doing the activities they love much faster than they may have anticipated. By getting back into physical activity as quickly as possible, patients are able to avoid unwanted risks, such as swelling and inflammation, weakened muscles, or even atrophy.
How do I get started?
At Fit 4 Life, we are dedicated to creating the best physical therapy treatment plan for your specific needs. After your consultation, your Tampa, FL physical therapist will perform a physical evaluation to see where your problem areas are and what the best course of action will be for reversing those problems. During this time, your physical therapist will determine if the AlterG Treadmill is right for you.
Our trained physical therapists are dedicated to supporting you through every step of your treatment. They will help you move through each new therapy and exercise, noting your progress as you excel through rehabilitation and strengthening programs, and watching as your success inspires other patients to reach their goals. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, give our Tampa, FL office a call today to set up a consultation with one of our physical therapists. We’ll get you moving on the right track to recovery and long-lasting relief.