Gainesville, VA (PRWEB) March 10, 2011
Active Spine and Sport announced today that the innovative AlterG anti-gravity treadmill is now available at the clinic, located in the Washington D.C. suburb of Gainesville, VA. The applications for the treadmill add a revolutionary approach to speed recovery from injury or surgery as well as for those looking to use this innovative training tool as part of their workout regimen.
Active Spine and Sport is the only public facility in the Washington, D.C. area offering AlterG’s treadmill. The anti-gravity treadmill, approved by the Food and Drug Administration and manufactured by AlterG, Inc., unweights the patient by using air in a pressure-controlled chamber to gently lift the user. Precise calibration using the patented technology allows for very specific unweighting from 100-20% of the users body weight in 1% increments. Something no other unweighting modality can do.
Clinical studies show that the AlterG can help decrease ground reaction forces in walking and running. The restoration of normal gait mechanics is paramount to optimal recovery and can be accelerated by our patented unweighting technology. This allows for an earlier return to mobility in rehabilitation following an injury or surgery as well as a tool for reduced strain during general training and fitness.
"The AlterG will allow patients to potentially reduce recovery time and improve the outcomes following injury," said Dr. Kevin Maggs, D.C. co-owner of Active Spine and Sport. "By allowing patients to run or walk with reduced weight, patients can initiate weight bearing mobility much earlier following surgeries. Alternatively, runners who are currently suffering from an injury and have an upcoming race can train to keep a great cardiovascular workout without the strain on the muscles and joints."
In addition to its uses for physical therapy, Active Spine and Sport will also offer the treadmill to the general public as an exciting new training tool allowing high school athletes, seniors and general fitness enthusiasts to help improve their performance and results.
"Many runners and triathletes who are not injured can increase their training volume with much less risk of an overuse injury," reports Dr. Kristine Maggs D.C. co-owner of Active Spine and Sport and finisher of multiple marathons and Ironman competitions
Originally developed by NASA so astronauts could work out in space, the AlterG treadmill is now primarily used for physical therapy and rehabilitation. Previously, this equipment was only available at private facilities in the Washington D.C. area, including the Washington Redskins and D.C. United training facilities. There are currently less than 200 facilities in the nation that offer AlterG treadmills, including government and professional training facilities.
For additional information, please contact Active Spine and Sport at (703) 753-5599
or see the video of the AlterG in action here: