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The Future is Now

“Lose the weight instantly!!!” “Erase pounds in seconds!!”

Sound too good to be true? Not if you have an anti-gravity treadmill. The high-tech machine literally “unweights” users, allowing very overweight people to walk or run without pain. The technology started with astronauts, but now it’s making a huge difference in lives across the country.

Anti-gravity and treadmills … How does that work?

The technology was originally conceived in the ’90s by two inventors to design effective exercise regimens for NASA’s astronauts. Then it was adapted by AlterG, a company based in Fremont, Calif., for use in training and rehabilitation.

An anti-gravity treadmill looks like your typical gym machine, except for one difference: an air-filled bag that fits around a person’s torso and lower extremities. And that’s where the magic happens. Users wear shorts that zipper into the air chamber. Then an airtight seal is formed and the chamber inflates. The user then gets lifted slightly, reducing the amount of body weight the legs have to carry, thus allowing users to walk or run at less than their actual weight. How much less? As low as 20 percent of their body weight, effectively giving them the weightlessness they would have on the moon.

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If you are having trouble walking due to illness, injury or a recent surgery, a new treadmill can help you get back on your feet again, allowing you to exercise when it would otherwise be impossible.The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill’s patented Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, developed at NASA, applies a comfortable and uniform lifting force to your body.

Integrated into a high-tech treadmill, AlterG’s technology offers precise body weight reduction and comfortable support. This helps you to walk or run normally while eliminating pain and protecting healing tissue.

‘It has helped me get started on walking’

After his stroke, Gerald Finke couldn’t walk. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill has changed all that. Now he’s walking around campus and planning to move back to his apartment at Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village.

Watch the videos to hear Gerald share how the AlterG got him started on the road to recovery.

Our therapists are dedicated to providing you with an individualized treatment program, one-on-one therapy sessions and the highest quality care available.

With the added benefits of an AlterG, they can help you return to normal activities with improved strength, balance and endurance.

In the video below, Resident Rehabilitation Director Reuben Jackson describes the benefits of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill in our physical therapy program at Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village in Colorado.

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