Achieve PT July 2018

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill One Small Decision for NASA, a Giant Leap for Physical Therapy Treatment

With new technologies booming, physical therapists strive to find the best new strategies and equipment to help their patients. Aquatic therapy has become increasingly popular due to the benefits that come from the weightless effect water offers. This method has now been taken a step further with anti-gravity. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill takes the benefits of weightless physical therapy and employs them in a completely different way. The AlterG has been approved by the FDA to aid in rehabilitation after lower-extremity injury or surgery, gait training for neurological conditions, aerobic strengthening and conditioning for older patients, and weight control. NASA was the mastermind behind the technology used in the AlterG — its original intent was to help astronauts maintain fitness in prolonged space flight. AlterG Inc., the company that created the treadmill, is the first to use controlled pressure in a confined space to reduce a person’s weight to boost rehabilitation effects. By making a person lighter, the AlterG creates less impact on their legs and feet as they walk, jog, or run.

By reducing your weight, it becomes easier to do aerobic exercises, improving your range of motion and restoring mobility. The machine’s success rests in its method. Before stepping into the device, the patient puts on shorts designed to zip into the bubble-like chamber of the treadmill. Once the patient has stepped into the opening at the top and zipped themselves into it, the chamber allows the lower body to be supported by the air pressure inside. The machine then calibrates to cater to the individual and functions as a typical treadmill. The patient remains in contact with the treadmill and the treadmill’s chamber throughout the duration of the session. Technological advancements create more opportunities for growth inside and outside of physical therapy. We’re only left to wonder what will be developed next.

You’ll find all of the flavors of elote, Mexican street corn, in this dish, without any of the mess. It’s the rare side that can outshine any main course.


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4 ears of corn, husked

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1/4 cup fresh lime juice

4 tablespoons high-smoke-point oil, such as canola or vegetable

2 ounces fresh cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled

1/4 cup cilantro

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1 large shallot, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 red chili (such as Freson) or jalapeño, thinly sliced


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Heat grill to medium.


Cut kernels off cob and combine with shallots, chilis, lime juice, cheese, and remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

Brush corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill until visibly charred, 10–12 minutes.







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