• Gravity-defying device on display
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     | November 20,2013
     

    BERLIN — Visitors can see what it might feel like to lose up to 80 percent of their body weight during an open house at the Central Vermont Medical Center Rehabilitation Services clinic on the Barre-Montpelier Road this week.

    The clinic in the office building next to Burger King will welcome visitors Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and officials say the tour will include an opportunity to literally defy gravity.

    In addition to meeting the clinic’s providers and assessing the range of services it provides, those who drop by will get the chance to win prizes and go for a stroll on the AlterG — billed as the world’s only treadmill using NASA-based anti-gravity technology.

    The AlterG’s “differential air pressure” technology applies a lifting force to the body that reduces weight on the lower extremities and allows precise “unweighting” of up to 80 percent of a person’s body weight, so they can find exactly where the pain stops and natural movement feels good again.

    The AlterG is designed to be used for lower-body injury and surgery rehabilitation, aerobic conditioning, weight control and reduction, sport-specific conditioning, neurologic retraining, and geriatric strength and conditioning.

    The prizes that will be raffled off include a 30-minute session on the AlterG and a “gait analysis and functional movement screening.”

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