NEW STANDARD OF CARE FOR NEUROREHABILITATION
An innovative NASA technology further refined by AlterG is fast becoming the new standard of rehabilitative care for neurological patients. Patients diagnosed with nervous system disorders due to injuries, infections, degeneration, and structural defects, can regain or maintain function.
The goals of the program include helping the individual to return to the highest level of physical function and independence which results in a better overall quality of life for that individual. The AlterG neurorehabilitation program helps to accomplish the following:
- Improves control and muscle balance in the trunk, pelvis, and lower extremities
- Increases exercise to improve function, safety, and efficiency of movement
- Delays atrophy or weakness caused by lack of use
- Maintains range of motion
- Prevents bone loss
- Progressively loads the lower limbs to increase oxygenation and healing
- Assists with gait and balance retraining
- Allows for activities to improve cognitive impairments, such as difficulties with dual tasking
- Aids with spasticity management
The AlterG is an air supported body-weight treadmill that unweights patients without the discomfort of traditional harness-based systems. The lifting force is distributed over the entire surface of the special neoprene shorts rather than the trunk and upper leg in the harness system. The AlterG unweighting system can displace up to 80% of a person’s body-weight in 1% increments. It allows the arms to swing freely to facilitate reciprocal movements with the legs, maintaining normal walking mechanics. Patients with severe weakness of the trunk and lower limb (e.g. poor to Fair minus), may find it necessary to use some type of harness to assist getting into and out of the treadmill. The Guldmann Harness System can help get patients up to their feet and assist as much as necessary with stepping up and getting into the bag.