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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Pain-free exercise after surgery or injury with AlterG®

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill gives the opportunity to exercise without pain, even while recovering from surgery or injury.

"I took a terrible fall skiing in the mountains last winter. At the time, I was training for a 10-mile race. I was so discouraged, as every time I attempted to return to running, I was unable to do so because of knee pain. I saw an orthopedic surgeon, who recommended the AlterG.

Using the AlterG felt like I was walking on air. It totally reduced the stress on my knees and allowed me to keep up my cardio training.

There is nothing to replace running for a runner. I was thrilled to have found the AlterG."

Kelley about Alter G at Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy – WestHealth

"After my knee surgery, the Alter G treadmill helped me go from non-weight bearing to fully able to walk in a significantly shorter time than with other traditional methods. I also used the Alter G Treadmill to begin my rehab back into running which has gone extremely well.

I would recommend the Alter G Treadmill to anyone who has an injury and wants to maintain a level of fitness while recovering."

Mark about Alter G at Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy in Apple Valley

The AlterG's unique unweighting technology reduces the impact of walking or running on joints and muscles. Its patented differential air pressure (DAP) technology, developed at NASA, applies a comfortable and uniform lifting force to the body, integrated into a high-tech treadmill.

Benefits of the AlterG

  • Enhances performance for those who have met their physical therapy goals.
  • Helps to control and/or reduce weight following bariatric surgery.
  • Provides strengthening and conditioning for those with arthritis.
  • Aids sports-specific conditioning.
  • Offers advanced rehabilitation following lower extremity surgery.

AlterG in the news

Ryan Smith is a physica therapist who recommends AlterG

AlterG® treadmill allows non-painful weight bearing rehab

Ryan Smith, PT, DPT and site coordinator of Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy in Apple Valley, blogs about the benefits of the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill on blog.anklefootmd.com.

Learn more about AlterG at the AlterG website.

More news about AlterG

Referral

For those who are under a provider's care for rehabilitation and will be submitting their AlterG treatment to their insurance provider, a medical referral is required.

Without referral

Try AlterG for FREE!

Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy offers free, 10-minute trial sessions at its locations in Apple Valley and Plymouth.

A limited number are available.

Call 651-241-3880 (Apple Valley) or 763-236-5555 (WestHealth in Plymouth).

For those not under a physician's care, who want to improve performance and prevent injuries from overuse, a medical referral is not needed.

This is a retail service and cannot be billed to your health insurance. Payment will be due at the time of check-in.

Initial appointment

Two types of initial appointments are available. Both types are one-to-one sessions with a physical therapist trained in the use of the AlterG.

  • 90 minutes: $200
    Includes comprehensive running or gait analysis, including video analysis, AlterG-specific shorts, and 25 minutes on AlterG.
  • 60 minutes: $150
    Includes running or gait screening, AlterG-specific shorts, and 25 minutes on AlterG.

Subsequent appointment packages

If you wish to continue using the AlterG independently, several packages are available for purchase. You may also purchase single sessions. Prices are listed below.

  • 5 sessions, 25 minutes each - $175
  • 5 sessions, 55 minutes each - $350
  • 10 sessions, 25 minutes each - $300
  • 10 sessions, 55 minutes each - $600
  • Single session, 25 minutes - $40
  • Single session, 55 minutes - $80

Cancellation policy

We encourage you to attend all scheduled sessions or to provide adequate notice of cancellation.

A cancellation one hour or less before the scheduled appointment is considered to be late.

A late cancellation or no-show, after the first occurrence, is counted as one of your purchased sessions.

To schedule your first appointment,
call 612-262-7900
or 888-691-0045.

Initial appointment types

Two types of initial appointments are available. Both are one-to-one sessions with a physical therapist trained in the use of the AlterG.

  • 90 minutes: Includes comprehensive running or gait analysis, including video analysis, AlterG-specific shorts, and 25 minutes on AlterG.
  • 60 minutes: Includes running or gait screening, AlterG-specific shorts, and 25 minutes on AlterG.

Initial appointment instructions

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to first appointment.
  • Come prepared as if you are going for a run or a workout at the gym.
  • The AlterG comes with dedicated shorts that ensure an airtight seal in the fabric enclosure. Since you will be wearing the AlterG shorts over your own, please wear non-bulky athletic shorts or compression shorts.
  • Wear athletic or running shoes that are clean, dry and free of stones or other sharp objects embedded in the soles.

Your first appointment will be 1:1 with a physical therapist. The therapist will perform an assessment and recommend an exercise program that incorporates your goals and the therapist's findings.

The therapist will acquaint you with the equipment, and assist with set-up, entry and exit. After the initial appointment, you will use the AlterG independently.

Communication with your therapist

At the time of your first appointment, you will be given your therapist's phone number or email address.

If you choose email, all messages from the therapist will be encrypted for security. You will be guided in setting up a Cisco Iron Works security account free of charge.

Appointment cancellation policy

We encourage you to attend all scheduled sessions or to provide adequate notice of cancellation.

A cancellation one hour or less before the scheduled appointment is considered to be late.

A late cancellation or no-show, after the first occurrence, is counted as one of your purchased sessions.

In the news: AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

AlterG treadmill console

NASA-inspired machine helps surgery patients recover more quickly

Lance Ellingson had knee surgery just nine weeks ago. The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is helping him get back to work sooner. Start his story on allinanews.com.

Ryan Smith is a physica therapist who recommends AlterG

AlterG® treadmill allows non-painful weight bearing rehab

Ryan Smith, PT, DPT and site coordinator of Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy in Apple Valley, blogs about the benefits of the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill on blog.anklefootmd.com.

University adds an anti-gravity treadmill for their football team / space program

Alabama is one step closer to starting a space program. Tuscaloosa, the nation’s scientific capital, is now home to an anti-gravity treadmill to add to the university's $100 million football facility.

The purpose of the machine is to rehab injured athletes. The idea behind the treadmill is athletes can run at as low as 25 percent of their body weight in an effort to take pressure off the injured joint. Learn more on sportsgrid.com.