What is an anti-gravity treadmill?
Allowing patients to exercise at full potential without the risk of exacerbating an injury, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill offers more freedom, control and versatility than any other unweighting technology.
The AlterG enables our patients to move unrestricted and pain-free- restoring and building muscle strength, range of motion, balance, function and fitness. The use of air to ‘unweight’ patients provides an unprecedented level of mobility, thus enabling you to train and recover to optimal function.
• Allows you to move pain-free again
• Enables weight-bearing exercise sooner after injury or operation
• Encourages range of motion
• Supports motor learning in fall-safe environment
• Enables repetition of functional activities like walking and standing
• Provides support for static and dynamic standing practice for balance, control and strength
How can an Anti-Gravity treadmill help you?
Anti-gravity treadmills are ideal for patients recovering from an orthopaedic injury or those managing neurological conditions or chronic illness. This unrivalled technology offers you the opportunity to build strength, endurance and confidence, as you are able to rehabilitate without the fear of falling or risking further injury.
How do they work?
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill does exactly what it suggests and simulates a low gravity environment, reducing the strain and impact on a patient’s body without any risk of further injury.
You will be securely fastened into a pair of neoprene shorts that have are zipped into the roof of the treadmill, stopping air from escaping from the pressurised chamber. The machine then calculates your weight and allows you to set how light you would like to be, with options ranging from 100%-20% body weight, in precise 1% increments. Air will then fill the area around the lower half of your body, increasing the pressure and making you lighter. This will enable you to begin walking or running freely, with support and guidance from your Flex Health Rehabilitator.
What conditions can be treated using the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill?
A wide range of different conditions can be treated and supported using the AlterG. These include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Post-operative rehab
- ACL Reconstruction
- Total hip and knee replacement
- Achilles Reconstruction (Add Alter – G protocol)
- Post-injury rehab (Alter G protocol)
Are there any restrictions?
The AlterG has a maximum weight of 400lbs and a maximum height of 6’5”.
Do I need a referral?
At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.