NASA anti-gravity treadmill is now available in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/10

NASA anti-gravity treadmill is now available in Lubbock

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – There's a new treadmill out and it's the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which was designed by NASA for astronauts to be able to work out in space.  Spring Valley Chiropractic has been using one in Dallas, which is one of the few places using this new air-pressure technology, but it turns out there is one in Lubbock.  It's part of the UMC Team Rehab and Sports Medicine Program.     

Kristin Wright, a former Olympic hockey player, is stepped into the space aged suit because the Alter G uses the special black suit to compute her weight and determine how much lift she needs to get a good workout without the pain of pounding on an injury.

"I just unweight until the point where I don't feel pain and I can get back to cardiovascularly where I want to be," said Wright.

John Lowe, the Director of the Physical Medical and Rehabilitation Center at UMC said it's a very versatile machine. 

"We've had patients that have Parkinson's who are working through trying to lengthen their gait and work through that and working on their stride there," said Lowe.  "We've had total joint replacement patients and we're able to get them moving and walking a little bit with a better pattern because as you're going through that you can simulate the pattern of normal walking and normal movement better in that situation."

The Alter G can also be used for weight loss and it's available to the public, but it is $25 for a 30 minute workout.  If you'd like to know more, just call UMC at (806)775-9275.

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