Movement Is Medicine for Patients Suffering From Osteoarthritis

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Is it possible for those with osteoarthritis (OA) to avoid or delay hip and knee replacement surgery through physical therapy and exercise? Studies show that minimizing OA pain and getting people moving improve function and may delay the need for surgery. With the help of technology, physical therapists can encourage movement by decreasing or eliminating pain for these OA patients.

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Bonnie Iglesias’s Story: Today I Ran

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Twenty years ago, I was a mom of two young daughters, an avid runner working for one of the biggest footwear companies in the world, and fighting weird changes in my body that I couldn’t understand. After months of testing, they finally told me the words I feared, “You have MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis is a weird disease that affects everyone differently. For me, I have had times where I couldn’t see, couldn’t walk or pick things up. I’m affected by heat and I forget things. But one of the worst things that I couldn’t do was run. Read More »

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Geriatric Exercise: the Ticket to Better Senior Health

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By now, you are likely familiar with our evangelization of exercise. Here at AlterG, we certainly believe in the power of movement! Of course, the health benefits of geriatric exercise for seniors are well known. Better cardiovascular health, improved blood markers, stronger bones, and weight loss are just a few of the reasons to get up and get moving. What many people don’t realize, however, is that exercise can be especially important for seniors, a population not traditionally associated with strenuous physical activity. Read More »

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Maintenance Guide to the Anti-Gravity Treadmill

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Keeping up with our maintenance recommendations will ensure your machine calibrates efficiently, prevent/prolong general wear and tear, and lastly provide your patients with a clean and hygienic experience. Check out our online store, store.alter-g.com, for recommended products! Read More »

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AlterG in the Olympics

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As Rio 2016 kicks off, we’d like to take a moment to give kudos to all the athletes competing; the Olympic journey is certainly not an easy one, and we stand in awe of the sheer tenacity and dedication demonstrated by these elite athletes. AlterG salutes you all!

Indeed, these elites take their bodies to the limit (and beyond!) on a daily basis, walking that thin and perilous tightrope between peak fitness and devastating injury. Few athletes know this precarious balancing act more intimately than distance runners, who are known for pounding the pavement for upwards of 100 miles per week, a tall order for even the most genetically gifted among us. Read More »

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Customer Spotlight: Parker Physical Therapy

This month we’re happy to feature one of our customers from North Carolina and their experience in utilizing the AlterG at their clinic.

“I purchased the AlterG® for my practice in 2012 and it has been a great asset in my clinic. It is an essential tool that I use with as many my patients as I can. I have patients who have not run in years who are now able to ‘fly.’ The smiles on their faces are so rewarding. The versatility of being able to use the AlterG as an unweighting system without harnesses or having to change into swimsuits with a wet area are amazing. Here are a few examples of different types of patients I’ve had the opportunity to help in more drastic ways, thanks to AlterG: Read More »

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Exercise: the Key to Maintaining Senior Mobility and Independence

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Greetings from AlterG HQ! We hope everyone stateside had a fun, safely-pyrotechnic 4th of July. In honor of Independence Day, this week’s blog is all about maintaining mobility to retain independence. So blast off the last of those fireworks and let’s talk senior health!

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report found that “39 percent of people over age 65 battle at least one disability, and the most common hurdle they face is serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.” Read More »

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Exercise: Better than Opioids for Pain Management?

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It is no secret that America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Recent high-profile overdose-related deaths only underscore this unsettling trend of increasingly powerful and dangerous drugs being prescribed without fully considering the long-term consequences of this approach. Now, to be fair, opioids certainly have their place. Terminal patients and those suffering from extreme, persistent, incurable pain are just a couple of examples of those for whom opiates are a true necessity. At the same time, there are millions of people suffering from day to day chronic pain, from conditions such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia who could perhaps be better served through a non-opiate based approach. What does the research suggest as a stand-in for those magic little pills? Why, none other than that panacea of wellness: exercise! Read More »

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Eccentric Loading: An Achilles Tendinopathy Savior

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Achilles Tendinopathy Treatment and Recovery with AlterG.

Greetings, Anti-Gravity disciples. Some of you may have stopped believing that I would follow through on my promise to bring you part two of our critically acclaimed Achilles tendinopathy post. But please, don’t stop believing (hold on to that feeling). That’s right, today, we are tackling the Achilles monster with a vengeance. So gather ‘round, and let’s outline our plan of attack against that dreaded tendinous foe. Read More »

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Exercise: the Best Medicine for Beating Back Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. That means that every 66 seconds, a new diagnosis is made. Many of us are, unfortunately, familiar with the rapid onset and cruel, unsettling symptoms of this disease, by virtue of watching a loved one go through it. With no cure on the immediate horizon, it is easy to feel powerless in the face of such a vicious foe. While we may not be able to claim full victory over Alzheimer’s yet, we can take certain steps to mitigate its symptoms, and help our loved ones live longer, fuller lives in the process. Read More »

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