In honor of October being National PT Month, AlterG® celebrates the physical therapists who improve the lives of their patients by helping them recover better and faster, avoid pain medication or surgery, or simply live healthier and age better. While AlterG only selects one patient story about a therapist each year as its contest winner, hundreds of nominations are received from patients sharing their personal experience with the transformative power of physical therapy. In the spirit of inspiring health and recovery, we share one of those stories here.
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. Continue reading “Eccentric Loading: An Achilles Tendinopathy Savior”
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.
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.
Continue reading “Stuck in a Rut On Your Road to Weight Loss? Try Defying Gravity!”
Here at AlterG HQ, there are few things we like more than defying gravity. One of those things is hearing about our patient’s gravity-defying success stories. Recently, we received some fantastic news from the self-proclaimed (and we wholeheartedly endorse the proclamation) “President of the AlterG Fan Club in Mahwah, NJ,” Trish Bogucki. Trish’s story is one of perseverance and tenacity, and we are honored to share it with you now. So, without further adieu, we present “Trish’s Triumph: A Moonwalker’s Tale.” Continue reading “Patient Spotlight: Trish’s Triumph”
Let’s face it, running is a fickle sport. As a former competitive (and I use the term lightly) track and cross country athlete for the University of Colorado, and current distance running devotee, I am all too familiar with the thin line that separates peak fitness from season-ending injury. If you have ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with a recently decommissioned runner, you are doubtless aware of the frightening mogwai we become when we are denied our daily endorphin fix. Continue reading “PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT”
In the spirit of the holidays, we bring you another rockstar physical therapist spotlight, with a story more heartwarming than a steaming cup of cocoa. We were simply floored by Amy Hansen’s submission, nominating her physical therapist, Dustin Hancock of Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Laguna Niguel, California. Her story is a true testament of just how impactful physical therapists can be in their patient’s lives. Continue reading “Spotlight on Dustin Hancock: Physical Therapist of the Week”
Holy moly, it’s November 23rd! With the temperatures turning decidedly crisper than our soon-to-be botched Thanksgiving turkeys, it is time, yet again, for an update from your AlterG family. We are please to announce that we have (finally) completed the extremely difficult task of selecting a winner for our annual “PT of the Month” contest. After pouring through each and every riveting, impassioned narrative, we have decided that Louis “Key West Lou” Petrone and his PT, Jenny Shelley, of Body Owners Physical Therapy and Wellness Center are this year’s champions!
Body Owners is a therapist-owned outpatient physical therapy clinic, with a special focus on the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and chronic conditions. Their treatment philosophy is twofold; focusing first on proper assessment and following up with hands-on treatment. They start by identifying any physical dysfunctions that may be causing a patient’s symptoms, then attack those dysfunctions through a variety of therapeutic techniques, including neuromuscular reeducation, rehabilitative exercise, and biomechanical correction. Their number one goal is to get patients happy and healthy, and to keep them that way! Continue reading “AlterG Announces 2015 Physical Therapist of the Month”
All physical therapists have had them: patients who—despite your best efforts—miss a few sessions, don’t listen to your recommendations, or stop showing up altogether.
Though physical therapy exercises are crucial for some patients’ recovery, they can be arduous to finish, for more than one reason.
Steven Marano, PT, DPT, OCS, Facility Manager at Midwest Orthopedics in the Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center, estimates that most physicians will provide a four to six week prescription for PT; for post-operative patients, the length of time can be increased between 12-16 weeks. Most of his non-surgical patients will complete 75% of their prescribed time. Continue reading “Physical Therapy Exercises: Why Your Patients Quit”
Meet Candace BrownClick to see an interview with Candace and her therapist Susan from the Central Vermont Medical Center
Candace Brown promised her late husband, Walter Brown, that she would run the Boston Marathon. Before he died, Walter had served as the official starter for the race for 22 years.
In order to keep her promise, Candace used the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill to train for the 26.2 mile race, and in the process lost over 70lbs and reversed her diabetes. Continue reading “Losing 70 Pounds to Keep a Promise”
Last week, four AlterG employees competed at and won the 2015 Penn Relays Corporate Distance Medley Relay. We wanted to hear from them about their training and how they use the Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
Jesus Romo is an elite runner who competed in the 2014 USA Track and Field Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase, where he placed 14th.
Leading up to the Penn Relays, I primarily used the Anti-Gravity Treadmill for base building and recovery. Continue reading “AlterG Employees Get Fit on the AlterG”