A new treadmill can reduce users’ body weight by up to 80%! It’s not a magical diet plan, but rather novel unweighting technology that allows the rehabilitation process following injury or surgery to begin sooner and without pain.
The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses differential air pressure technology developed by NASA to apply a gentle, lifting force on the body. This support and weight reduction provides the opportunity to walk or run, while limiting impact on the joints and protecting healing tissue. As a result, users can concentrate on building strength, coordination and confidence, rather than focusing on their discomfort or fear of falling.
“The anti-gravity properties are tremendously helpful for patients who are recovering from painful conditions and looking to return to normal function safely and efficiently,” says Jonny Ebersole, PT, DPT, OCS at Sheltering Arms. “We can adjust the body weight to the precise point where patients are able to comfortably move with smooth, normal gait while the body is continuing its healing process. It’s pretty amazing.”
Speed and incline can be selected just as they are on a traditional treadmill.
The anti-gravity treadmill is particularly beneficial for individuals with a variety of mobility-limiting conditions, including:
- Low back pain
- Hip and knee replacements
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Degenerative joint disease
- Poor balance as the result of aging or a variety of medical conditions
Patients are using the AlterG with physical therapists at the Sheltering Arms Hanover Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. Call (804) 342-4341 or request an evaluation online.
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