In Motion: The Innovative Science of AlterG at Sport & Spine Physical Therapy

by | Feb 8, 2024

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a hub of health and innovation. At the forefront of physical therapy in this vibrant community is Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, a center that seamlessly blends science and technology. We will delve into the intriguing science behind Sport & Spine Physical Therapy’s dynamic approach, with a particular focus on the revolutionary Alter G anti-gravity treadmill.

The AlterG anti-gravity treadmill is a transformative technology that has reshaped the landscape of rehabilitation. Originally developed by NASA scientists, this treadmill employs advanced differential air pressure technology to provide a unique unweighting experience for users.  With precise data collection we can dial in a specific weight bearing status within 1% increments of a patient’s individual body weight.  This can be done in real time and to a point where pain is eliminated. What sets it apart, and how does it work?

The crux of AlterG’s effectiveness lies in its ability to diminish the impact of gravity on the body. By creating a pressurized chamber around the lower body, the treadmill facilitates running or walking with a reduced percentage of body weight. This unweighting effect is particularly valuable for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries, minimizing stress on joints and muscles during physical activity.

The underlying science is rooted in physics, with AlterG’s technology manipulating air pressure to counteract the gravitational force acting on the user. This reduction in effective body weight enables individuals to engage in weight-bearing activities with less strain on their joints, akin to the experience of moving in a low-gravity environment.

Sport & Spine Physical Therapy’s incorporation of the AlterG into their physical therapy programs has yielded remarkable results. Patients recovering from knee injuries, lower limb fractures, or neurological disorders find the treadmill instrumental in their rehabilitation. The reduced impact on joints accelerates the healing process, facilitating a faster recovery compared to conventional methods.

The ability to approach physical therapy extends beyond the basic utilization of the AlterG treadmill. The customization of rehabilitation programs ensures that each session aligns precisely with individual needs, creating an environment that fosters both recovery and long-term wellness.

The magic happens when the AlterG’s unweighting technology is harnessed in a targeted manner. Patients experience a reduction in gravity’s impact, allowing them to engage in movements that might be challenging or painful without the support of this technology. The individualized approach ensures that rehabilitation plans are tailored to the specific needs of each patient, maximizing the benefits of AlterG.

This technology of the AlterG allows for a normal walking and running gait with little to no pain, on a traditional treadmill, without the resistance of water or getting wet.  The specialized shorts are comfortable and allow for freer motion compared with other types of unloading devices.  At 70% of the body weight the machine becomes a fall safe environment.  Multiple reasons and uses include recovering from a lower body fracture or surgery, resting a healing body part without the need to completely shut down your training such as shin splints or stress fractures, as well as providing an environment for a recovery session/ run.

Sport & Spine Physical Therapy leverages the data collected during Alter G sessions to track each patient’s progress objectively. Metrics such as gait analysis, weight distribution, gait deviations, and muscle activation provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of the therapy. This data-driven approach allows therapists to fine-tune rehabilitation plans, ensuring optimal outcomes and a smoother path to recovery.

In the heart of Portsmouth, Sport & Spine Physical Therapy stands as a testament to innovative physical therapy. The AlterG anti-gravity treadmill plays a big role in their dynamic approach, providing a unique and effective solution for rehabilitation. The science behind Alter G, coupled with our commitment to personalization and data-driven progress, is reshaping the landscape of physical therapy.

In motion, both figuratively and literally, we are leading the way toward a healthier, more resilient community. The science behind AlterG not only facilitates recovery but also empowers individuals to achieve new heights of physical and mental well-being. Through the lens of AlterG, Sport & Spine Physical Therapy is carving a path to a future where rehabilitation is not just about restoring function but enhancing overall quality of life.