Customer Spotlight: Parker Physical Therapy

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 of my patients as I can. I have patients who have not run in years who are able to fly. The smiles on their faces are so exciting. The versatility of being able to use the AlterG as an unweighting system without harnesses and having to change into swimsuits with a wet area are amazing. We have had some interaction with the local running store in rehabilitating some runners. As we market the AlterG or patients go back to their referring physicians and tell them of their personal successes with the AlterG we get requests specifically asking for AlterG to be part of the rehab tools used with their patients. Some of our patients after graduation love the AlterG so much that they come specifically for that purpose to run on the AlterG. The physical therapy patients that have been helped are weight bearing restricted or pain limiting the ability to bear weight. Runners who have had metatarsal stretch fractures have been able to start back on their running program earlier reducing their deconditioning and return to their sport faster. One specific episode occurred with a marathon runner who had qualified and was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately, she developed a stress fracture and this may have stopped her participation in the Boston Marathon. She was able to begin her running program sooner and did not lose her cardiovascular fitness and later ran the Boston Marathon with no pain successfully. I have used the AlterG on total knee replacements, ankle and foot surgeries successfully an improving their gait pattern, muscle recruitment firing at appropriate times which has increased their function early in rehabilitation. I have a patient who has been helped considerably with the AlterG. His diagnosis was incomplete paraplegia in the lower extremities. being able to walk with a normal gait pattern on the AlterG has improved his overall cardiovascular fitness and enhanced the strengthening of the lower extremities. One use of the AlterG who has had benefit was a person who has had extensive lower lumbar spine issues with an L4 nerve root compression and significant foot drop. He has had a histroy of multiple myeloma cancer which has caused considerable deconditioning over the years. he is unable to walk without a rolling walker. on the AlterG he is able to walk briskly and even do a slow jog which has improved the overall cardiovascular fitness and his health in general.

If you would like to contact me with a question regarding the AlterG you can email me at dcparkerpt@gmail.com

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Exercise: the Key to Maintaining Senior Mobility and Independence

Senior Independence

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

Achilles Tendinopathy

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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Stuck in a Rut On Your Road to Weight Loss? Try Defying Gravity!

It’s no secret that America’s collective waistline has been expanding over the last few decades. What may surprise you, however, is just how many extra notches we have had to add to our national belt. According to the CDC, a staggering 70.7% of adults are overweight, with 37.9% falling within the “obese” category.

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These startling statistics aren’t a simple matter of national vanity either. Indeed, we are on the edge of the precipice of a healthcare crisis, due to the rapidly increasing numbers of people suffering from obesity related conditions, such as Type II Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, and Hypertension.
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AlterG is Going for the FourPeat! It’s Penn Relays Week!

Oh man. Can you feel the hype right now?! I’m telling you, the air at HQ is so thick with excitement, you could cut it with a butter knife.

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Last year’s crew

Or maybe that’s just the sweat lingering in the air from our valiant Penn Relays team putting in their last workouts before the big day this Friday.

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Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!

Well, hello there, all you cool, gravity-defying cats! I know I promised you more Achilles love this week, but sometimes in the blogging-biz, you have to make room for breaking news. So instead, I am going postpone our Achilles talk until next week, in order to bring you the long-awaited part dieu to my Andy “Funky Fresh” Funk interview. You may recall our last post on this Ironman altruist and his audacious “Vegas in 24” mission, in honor of the Pink Lotus Foundation, but if not, go give yourself a quick refresher; I’ll wait right here…  Read More »

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Your Achilles is Trying to Say Something; Listen Up!

I am lucky enough to work in a place in which it is totally normal to stand up in the middle of a meeting, perch myself on a chair, and crank out some eccentric heel drops. I am also lucky that my coworkers haven’t filed a formal complaint with HR yet over my recurrent dad-joke refrain: “My Achilles is a-killin’ me!” Perhaps they take pity on my tendinous plight, or perhaps they chalk it up to “Jana-antics,” of which this is actually a pretty mundane example.  Read More »

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Pediatric Pain Management: How PTs Can Help Adolescents Overcome Chronic Pain

Adolescents have a hard enough time navigating life. But navigating those formative years with a painful chronic condition—such as juvenile arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or severe injuries—makes life that much harder.

Struggling with chronic pain when you’re a teenager isn’t just painful. It can lead to problems like obesity, and compound issues of insecurity or poor social adjustment. Read More »

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