Alter G Training

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO RUN EFFORTLESSLY WITHOUT THE HARD POUNDING? THE ALTER G IS HERE TO SAVE YOUR JOINTS.

WHAT IS THE ALTER G?

The Alter G is a state of the art treadmill designed by NASA to offload body weight. Clients wear wetsuit-like shorts to zip into a bubble that makes an airtight seal. Air enters into the bubble and, following weight calibration by the computer, the client is able to remove up to 80% of their weight in 1% increments. The client can run up to 12mph and can increase the incline up to 15%.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

For Injured Runners:
Body weight is unloaded until the client is pain free. Without pain, the client can concentrate on proper form and reduce abnormal movement patterns. The appropriate muscles are able to fire more efficiently without compensatory movements or limping. Injured runners can very objectively return to full weight bearing by adding small percentages of weight over time.
Post Operative Patients:
For anyone who has had surgery, there is no better device than the Alter G. Our physical therapy patients have expressed amazing results of pain free return to walking and running following surgeries such as ACL reconstruction, Achilles repair and hip labral repairs.
For Healthy Runners:
The Alter G’s reduction in body weight allows the runner to train at a higher speed and distance while reducing impact forces on the legs. Additionally, the air pressure helps to reduce edema from long distance training and allows maintenance of cardiovascular conditioning between events without the breakdown from impact. Healthy runners should reduce their body weight up to, but not exceeding, 20% of their body weight and up to 60% of their mileage on the Alter G.
Other Medical Uses:
Removing a percentage of gravity’s forces creates an environment that cannot exist outside of the Alter G. Overweight people or those with severe arthritis can return to walking and running without a risk for damage to their joints. Elderly, stroke patients, and people with visual impairments or balance issues are safely zipped into the Alter G removing the risk of falling. The medical and post surgical applications to the Alter G are infinite.

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RATES:

PUBLIC RENTAL:

  • 30 min – $35.00
  • 45 min – $45.00
  • 60 min – $55.00
  • 500 minute package = $250.00 with 125 weekly minute max
  • 1000 minute package= $300.00 with 250 weekly minute max

CURRENT PHYSICAL THERAPY PATIENTS
(30% discount, not covered by insurance unless used during treatment session)

  • 30 min – $24.50
  • 45 min – $31.50
  • 60 min – $38.50
  • 500 minute package = $175.00 with 125 weekly minute max
  • 1000 minute package= $210.00 with 250 weekly minute max

OTHER ASSOCIATED CHARGES

  • Initial setup and instruction = $25.00 (15 minute block prior to use)
  • Individual pair of Alter G shorts = $90.00

*Package minutes must be used in 60 days. The instructional appointment is a prerequisite to independent use of the Alter G.

Call 703-237-3930 for further details or to schedule Alter G rental time.