Walking on air - Alter G treadmill new to Spire Shawfair Park Hospital

19 March 2014

Running can take place without the usual strain caused by the body’s own weight on the lower limbs. In fact, you can select the weight effect on your training by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of your body weight. 

Its precise unweighting technology, allows you to push your training and physical therapy rehabilitation further than ever before. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps a broad spectrum of people – top level athletes, orthopaedic and neurological patients, seniors and those looking to lose weight - to achieve their personal health, wellness or performance goals. This is particularly helpful for rehabilitation patients with injuries to lower limbs, patients with neurological conditions who require extra assistance with mobility and strength training but also for runners who are keen to improve their cardio vascular fitness without the normal impact that running causes on the joints. 

The innovative AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is now available at Spire Shawfair Park Hospital where it will be available to anyone who wishes to train in a gravity free environment. The Spire Perform Physiotherapy team will also use the machine to help patients with physical therapy rehabilitation. It will also benefit some of Scotlands elite sporting teams, such as the Scotland Rugby team who will use of the AlterG to help rehabilitate injured sports stars and improve the cardiovascular capabilities of the team. 

"The experience was exceptional and drastically reduced the pain I would normally feel, especially from the parts of my body that sustained the most damage from the car accident. I will definitely be using the machine again. " -Alexander G., patient 

Tim Visser and Dr James Robson with the AlterG

 Tim Visser and James Robson in front of AlterG treadmill

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