The AlterG Treadmill has been designed, using anti-gravity technology, to give patients the advantages of early rehabilitation by making excercise easier. The aim of the AlterG is to minimise any weight bearing pain experienced by reducing pressure on the patient's lower body.
This is achieved by filling the treadmill's pressure-controlled chamber with air which gently lifts the patient up. The technology used allows patients to excercise at a chosen percentage, between 20% and 100%, of their body weight which can be adjusted throughout the process for optimum results.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill has historically only been available to elite performance sports men and women however, everyone can now benefit from its use as it is now available at the Spire Manchester Hospital.
The benefits of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill can include:
- Reduced joint stresses and jarring of joints
- Promotion of normal joint range of movement and function
- Early rehabilitation leading to a quicker return to sport or activity following an injury
- Increased mileage at an earlier stage of recovery
- Cardiovascular exercise, which can be beneficial for weight loss
- Confidence to walk or run for those recovering from injury or surgery, or even for those not accustomed to running
- Strengthens the patient in a way that cannot be achieved in the gym or water.