A brand new service bringing athlete level treatment and expertise, as well as NASA developed technology, to the Midland. Perform is the first in the region to offer the Alter G gravity-defying treadmill to the general public, which is partial weight-bearing and uses technology developed at NASA in order to provide medical rehabilitation and sports performance training.
The official launch saw local and regional GPs, orthopaedic specialists and patients gather to celebrate the opening, which included the unveiling of the newly refurbished physiotherapy unit and demonstrations of the latest state-of-the-art equipment. Perform combines consultant orthopaedic surgeons and clinical specialists from physiotherapy, podiatry, nutrition and sports massage therapy to provide a dedicated service for those requiring rehabilitation following injury or surgery, those seeking physiotherapy for general health and fitness and high performance sportspeople.
Patients who have recently started using the Alter G technology in their rehabilitation process following surgery also attended the launch. Justin Meyhill has undergone six knee operations including reconstruction work with new cartilage insertion, following sports injury.
The 38-year-old from Lichfield said: “My last operation was three months ago and since then, I have been undergoing physiotherapy at Spire Little Aston and more recently started using the Alter G. It’s a weird sensation to start with, as it removes some of your body weight, reducing the strain on your joints and more importantly, the injury, whilst allowing you to gain strength and mobility again. Importantly, it introduces the mechanics of running again after several weeks of enforced inactivity.
“The great thing about it is the benchmarking capability, as you can monitor week-on-week the progress being made as a higher percentage of body weight gets added as you run,” he added.
Sutton Coldfield-based Oliver Jenkins has also been using this technology to enable him to get back to fitness following knee surgery which led to him being on crutches for six weeks. The 30-year-old said: “The feeling of weightlessness is fantastic and has been really beneficial – the downside is when they bring you back to full weight as you feel as heavy as lead!”