The Alter-G uses NASA Differential Air Pressure technology to unweight the user from 100% to as low as 20% of their body weight using precise increments. Something no other unweighting modality can do.
In those with neurological deficits, the Alter-G allows us to provide a safe way to work on motor control, standing and ambulation without the risk of falls.
In seniors, it provides a fall-safe way to increase cardiovascular activity with reduced gravitational forces and pain.
For those with chronic conditions (such as obesity), it helps reduce the pain barrier to exercise and allows exercise intensity to increase without increasing the chance of stress-related injury.
Basically, it lets us see which muscles are active and which muscles are relaxed during various movements.
Surface EMG allows us to see multiple things:
We utilize this primarily to help us re-educate muscles that are struggling to fire, or fire appropriately.
You will be hooked up to multiple sensors that communicate with the computer system wirelessly.
You will be asked to do specific movements to try to determine the maximum activation of a muscle group. This will be shown as a line on a bar graph that is displayed on the TV in front of you. This will act as a guideline during various movements and allows you to see any differences between sides.
You will be taken through various movements/exercises while watching the bar graphs. This will provide visual feedback on how your muscles are performing during the movements and exercises. This helps the brain to recognize whether a muscle is being used effectively or if there are differences between sides. It can then work on adjusting the input to the muscles as needed.
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