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Alter-G’s technology was originally developed at NASA to assist astronauts and people to maintain their fitness during a prolonged space flight. Alter-G combined this technology with a complicated pressure regulation system and a treadmill to develop the anti-gravity treadmill (Alter-G), as we know it today.
At LycaHealth, we provide free physiotherapy assessments to help identify whether you will need Alter-G or an alternative physiotherapy treatment. We provide a variety of physiotherapy services – get in contact with our team to book your free physio assessment. You can check our availability and book your ‘free discovery session’ on our online booking portal.
During this physiotherapy treatment, the patient’s lower body is sealed within a vacuum chamber, doing this allows the lower body to be supported by the air pressure which helps to facilitate progressive loading; this is key to returning to full function of joints.
Once the anti-gravity machine is calibrated to the individual, the body support percentage is adjusted and the treadmill then operates like a regular treadmill with speed and incline adjustments. With the sides and back of the machine being clear, a physiotherapist can observe a person’s mobility and gait mechanics and feed corrective exercises for any abnormalities into the rehabilitation program.
The Alter-G physiotherapy treatment enables people to walk or run at a fraction of their actual body weight, meaning that less strain is passed through injured and recovering tissues. This is especially beneficial in the clinical setting as it can help patients to perform their rehabilitation program with less pain.
The Alter-G can be used with patients at LycaHealth who are looking to:
For injured athletes, the anti-gravity treadmill is particularly beneficial as it can help in gaining confidence, maintaining proper cardiovascular conditioning, and also retraining gait without compensation from pain or injury.
Read the information below to find out what an anti-gravity treadmill is used for…
Individuals can get the most out of exercise or training programs while minimising the risk of impact-related injuries and training through anti-gravity treatment.
Training sessions can be performed at higher intensities than usual, without the repeated impact and cumulative loads of conventional treadmills of outdoor running.
There has been research which proves to support the use of body assisted support systems such as Alter-G in rehabilitation for joint pain such as arthritis, or for returning to walk after surgery or conditions like stroke problem. This is because the Alter-G can be used to restore normal walking and running mechanisms.