Anti Gravity Treadmill
The Alter-G Anti-gravity Treadmill is a revolutionary rehabilitation tool that provides precise unweighting technology. It is essentially a treadmill wrapped in a bag, which the patient zips into while wearing special shorts, creating an air-tight environment. The bag then inflates thereby creating the anti-gravity effect. The treadmill reduces the impact of gravity by quantifiably unweighting the patient in 1% increments to as low as 20% of their bodyweight! This allows us to both progressively and objectively return a patient to walking or running at full body weight much faster than previously possible. Such technology is a breakthrough amongst traditional post-operative rehabilitation protocols that restrict weight bearing on the lower extremities, allowing patients to return to walking despite post-operative precautions and restrictions. For example, a post-operative patient who is limited to 50% weight bearing and forced to walk with crutches, can walk on the Alter-G without an assistive device to quickly restore a normal gait pattern and proper firing patterns of the leg muscles! The Alter-G also significantly reduces ground reaction forces that place added stress on the joints and spine. This reduction in stress aids in the recovery process and further prevents gait compensations that commonly developed after injury.
The Alter-G also allows athletes to rehabilitate with smoother transition into return-to-sport activities. Running at a lighter weight can help restore confidence after injury and allow you to track progress by graded increases in bodyweight percentage and speed. Athletix Rehab and Recovery uses evidence-based protocols for return to sport that have been developed over numerous studies using the Alter-G. Even healthy distance athletes, such as marathoners and triathletes, looking to lighten the overall impact on the body from running can benefit from training in a gravity-reduced state!
The Alter-G is not just for athletes looking to return to running. This gravity-reducing technology is also a safe option for overweight individuals looking to shed pounds with less stress on their joints. Obesity has a strong correlation with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Therefore, training in the unweighted condition will help facilitate your weight loss goals while keeping your joints safe and prevent further arthritic exacerbation.
What does all this mean to you? It means that with the use of the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill our physical therapist can get you back to walking, running and playing much faster after an injury or even surgery!
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