Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill

23rd September 2016

At Physio Matters we are keen to embrace the latest technologies to assist our client’s recovery. We have a good relationship with Physiquipe Clinic who allow us access to the Alter G treadmill for our clients.

What is it and how does it work?

The anti-gravity treadmill works like a normal treadmill in terms of buttons to push and walking on a moving belt. However, it looks slightly different! To begin with, you wear shorts with zips on them (to allow you to attach to the treadmill). As you step on to the anti-gravity treadmill, you walk into a bag (it’s only a small step into it). Whilst you are standing up, the bag is lifted up, zipped to your shorts, and then filled with air. Whilst the bag fills up with air, the treadmill calculates your body weight.

Once you are ready to get started, the anti-gravity treadmill allows you to reduce your body weight by up to 80%! So, whilst your lower half is in the airbag, the settings can be changed to reduce your body weight, making walking and exercising easier. Also, as you are “strapped in”, it is impossible to fall over.

Why use the anti-gravity treadmill?

Lower limb weakness is common when recovering from a neurological condition. This weakness can limit mobility and therefore delay the rehabilitation process.

So, the anti-gravity treadmill can help with:

  • Muscle strengthening of weakened muscles
  • Improving balance
  • Improving gait, and especially stride length
  • Improving safety as there is no risk of falling
  • As a result of improving all above, improving confidence in walking!

At Physio Matters, we have access to using an anti-gravity treadmill as part of our treatment. If you want to know more about using the anti-gravity treadmill, please get in touch via office@physio-matters.org or call 0161 681 6887 to arrange for a FREE telephone consultation with one of our physiotherapists.

Get in touch

0161 681 6887
office@physio-matters.org