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…  Continue reading “Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!”

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.  Continue reading “Your Achilles is Trying to Say Something; Listen Up!”

Who is AlterG? A Poetic Departure

Happy (day after) World Poetry Day, everyone! Ok, so we’re a little fashionably late on this… But you can’t rush good art. So, please excuse our slight tardiness and enjoy this free-verse ode to all things Anti-Gravity Treadmill™. I wrote it just for you.  Continue reading “Who is AlterG? A Poetic Departure”

Patient Spotlight: Trish’s Triumph

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”

Studies Show Exercise May be the Best Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease

According the the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease.” This chronic, debilitating movement disorder has a variety of painful and mobility-limiting symptoms, including significant muscle tremors, bradykinesia (slowed movement), rigidity of the limbs and trunk, loss of balance, and unstable posture. Unfortunately, as of yet, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) remains incurable. There is, however, one major, clinically supported method for mitigating the progression of PD, and alleviating some of the symptoms. This method is a recurrent theme, here on the AlterG blog, and is also our favorite weapon to wield in our pitched battle against chronic disease: that almighty howitzer of health, exercise!  Continue reading “Studies Show Exercise May be the Best Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease”

Hospital Associated Deconditioning: Resistance Isn’t Futile!

It’s a well-worn story: grandma or grandpa has a fall or perhaps comes down with the flu, and this acute incident leads to a “quick” hospital stay. What begins as a seemingly minor mishap, however, can quickly snowball into a nightmarish scenario of major functional decline as a result of hospital-associated deconditioning, or HAD.  Continue reading “Hospital Associated Deconditioning: Resistance Isn’t Futile!”

AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story

This week, we’re heading back to the land down under for some serious story-time from one seriously speedy Aussie runner. You may recall Martin Cooper from our previous spotlight piece on his rock star PT, Stephan Venter. Well, his blurb about how Stephan and AlterG helped him to overcome injury and achieve mountain running glory made me more curious than a monkey named George as to the details of his inspiring journey. Luckily, in addition to Martin’s harrier capabilities, he is also quite the master of the written word, and he enthusiastically agreed to share his story with us, even as he was in the midst of an altitude training block. What a guy! So, gather round, everyone, and give Martin your full attention, as he takes you away to a world of speed, strength, and really really steep hills.  Continue reading “AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story”

Kick Your Osteoarthritis Pain to the Curb with AlterG

Let’s do a quick thought experiment. I want you to consider the word “aging” and all that it connotes for you. Now close your eyes and craft a mental picture of “aging.” I’m betting that most of your imaginary paintings are not of the Bob Ross “happy little cloud” variety. It seems most of us regard aging as a slow, inevitable decline in our health and wellness, one that is futile to resist. In particular, chronic conditions of age, such as osteoarthritis, are painful reminders of the degeneration of our bodies in seemingly permanent ways. After all, we are (unfortunately) not starfish; we don’t have magical joint regeneration powers, and cartilage damage is irreversible. What are we to do then, in the face of this osteoarthritis monster lurking under our beds, just waiting for us to sprout that first grey hair? Continue reading “Kick Your Osteoarthritis Pain to the Curb with AlterG”

PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT

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”

Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG

Ok, raise your hand if you’ve ever suffered from low back pain. Now keep it up if that pain has lingered in some form, haunting your every-move like some sort of nagging “ghost of injuries past” that you just can’t quite shake completely. I’m betting there are a lot of hands up out there (you can put them down now; we don’t need any rotator cuff injuries). So, for all you low back pain troopers, there’s good news! You are not alone; and misery loves company, right? Research shows that low back pain is responsible for more disability than almost 300 other conditions, globally, and that a staggering 10 percent of people around the world suffer from lower back woes. Luckily for you guys, an exciting new study points to a relatively simple solution: exercise. In Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, published in the most recent issue of the JAMA Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the efficacy of various interventions in the prevention of low back pain. Their conclusion? “The current evidence suggests that exercise alone or in combination with education is effective for preventing low back pain. Other interventions, including education alone, back belts, and shoe insoles do not appear to prevent low back pain.”  Continue reading “Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG”