What is an anti-gravity treadmill?
The AlterG anti-gravity treadmill is a specialist rehabilitation tool that uses air pressure to support a patient’s body weight and reduce the mechanical load going through their joints while walking or running. It can improve mobility and help to maintain or improve fitness.
Who is it suitable for?
It’s used by a wide range of patients and athletes who have suffered lower limb injuries or gone through surgery. That’s because it enables an individual to walk or run in a controlled environment, when walking or running over ground isn’t yet possible.
The two main types of user that typically benefit from using an anti-gravity treadmill are those who have heavily reduced mobility (e.g. following lower limb surgery) and those that need to manage the training load on their lower limbs (e.g. returning from a musculoskeletal lower limb injury).
What to expect from your session
You’ll need to wear a pair of specialist shorts and be zipped into an airtight compartment on the AlterG treadmill. The compartment will then inflate with air and the ant-gravity treadmill will perform a calibration procedure. Following calibration, the body support percentage can be adjusted to provide an increased level of support to the body.
Treadmill speed and gradient can be manipulated to accommodate the type of rehab session required.
A typical session lasts 30–60 minutes, which can vary depending on your abilities and injury state.
What to bring
You’ll need to wear an appropriate sports kit to perform exercises in (e.g. shorts/leggings and t-shirt, trainers).
Bring any medication that may be needed due to allergies or exercise (e.g. EpiPen or inhaler).