Editor's Note: This corrects an earlier version.
COSTA MESA — When patients are zipped into the air-tight Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill from the waist-down, it feels like walking on the moon, said Chad Jarrett, co-owner of Jarrett Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Costa Mesa.
The rehabilitation center's recently acquired Alter G anti-gravity treadmill can help physical therapy patients take a giant leap toward total recovery, because movements on the machine are less of a shock to the legs' joints, said Jarrett, a physical therapist.
The Alter G forms an airtight seal around a patient's waist and uses air pressure to slightly lift the user off the treadmill, minimizing the impact of walking or running.
The result is diminished stress to a patient's body, which means a quicker recovery time between exercise and physical therapy sessions, said Jarrett, who uses the machine in between training for annual triathlons.