Cincinnati, Ohio– Sanctuary Pointe Nursing & Rehab Center in Colerain Township, is proud to announce that the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, has been installed to help patients in their short-term rehabilitation programs. AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills enable faster rehabilitation, safer conditioning for the geriatric population, and weight loss, which can help remove major obstacles associated with these activities. Impact on the body and the pain of recovery are reduced, which helps people achieve better results.
With the AlterG, patients can run and stand without bearing their entire weight, reducing the impact on the body to optimize rehabilitation and physical therapy outcomes. Its Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology applies a lifting force to the body that reduces weight on the lower extremities and allows precise unweighting – up to 80% of a person’s body weight, so people can find exactly where the pain stops and natural movement feels good again.
“The device supports the patient’s body weight on a cushion of air,” explained Drew Berg, Clinical Manager. “It enables a wide variety of patients, previously unable to exercise, to move more freely.”
There are a multitude of benefits when training and rehabilitating on the AlterG. Patients can use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill to recover from injury and surgery and it allows them to immediately do partial weight bearing exercises. Patients with neurological disorders maintain, and in some cases even regain functionality and mobility working with the AlterG. It is also used as a motivational tool for obese patients, as users can immediately experience what it would feel like to weigh less, exercise with less joint impact and stress, and improve their cardiovascular health.
“The AlterG can be used with a variety of patients who have had orthopedic procedures such as hip or knee replacements, neurological patients who have Parkinson’s Disease or suffered from a stroke, to patients with generalized weakness. Even patients with balance issues who might have the fear of falling can see improvement in trunk control, simply from standing in it while practicing standing and preparing to walk. Since the AlterG “un-weights” them, they are able to participate in more therapy,” Drew added.
The Sanctuary Pointe therapy team has seen several successes with COPD patients. “The patient may only be able to stand for 30 seconds, but once they begin using the AlterG they can increase their physical endurance and their standing time increases to ten or fifteen minutes,” Allison Bergis, Physical Therapist at Sanctuary Point added. “The therapy sessions are more productive and the patients gain confidence in their ability to walk further distances and manage being home once they are discharged,” explained Allison.
For further questions, please contact the Admissions department at Sanctuary Pointe Nursing & Rehab Center at 513-648-7000.