Alter-G (Anti-Gravity) Treadmill for Rehab and Prehab
Rehab can be a significant challenge for patients with mobility issues, especially for those who are struggling through a challenging recovery. Therapy with an anti-gravity treadmill lets patients safely access the benefits of a treadmill in a way they never could before. At Northern Westchester Hospital, our physicians and rehabilitation therapists work one-on-one with patients in need to help regain strength, build muscle, and grow confidence.
What is an Alter-G Treadmill?
An anti-gravity treadmill, also known as Alter-G treadmill, is a unique therapy device designed to help patients build strength and regain independence of motion after an injury or the onset of a medical condition. Extremely valuable in rehab, these machines are able to gradually strengthen muscles while improving mobility.
The Alter-G was created by Robert Whalen, a biomechanics researcher at NASA, to simplify exercise on the international space station. Physicians soon saw the advantages this technology would bring to patients undergoing surgery and rehab.
How Does the Anti-Gravity Treadmill Work?
This unique machine encloses a user’s legs in an air-tight chamber with a zip function that attaches to a special pair of shorts. After the patient is securely inside, an NWH therapist determines the intensity of the workout based on patient’s condition and stage of recovery. A bag within the chamber inflates, raising users farther away from the track for a less intense, easier workout in order to safely rehab muscles.
Benefits of Alter-G Treadmills for Rehabilitation
Unlike a standard treadmill on which an individual walks or runs normally, an anti-gravity treadmill has the ability to reduce the effects of body weight in 1% increments to a total weight as low as 20%. This process allows those rebuilding physical conditioning to exercise slowly and safely in increments, reducing the risk to joints and muscles. Intensity can be increased as patients strengthen, or can be reduced should pain or soreness occur.
Alter-G treadmills are extremely beneficial in a rehab setting, allowing therapists to adjust for each patient’s unique physical fitness. By providing a fall-free environment for those slowly starting to regain mobility, anti-gravity treadmills offer a safe, secure alternative that allow for customization based on patient conditioning. This method of therapy is very effective, offering numerous benefits to patients.
- Ability to rehab serious injuries with reduced pain and impact
- Improve mobility and strength in a safe manner, even for those with neurological issues
- Provide a safe way to lose weight based on physical strength and intensity
- Reduce pain to muscles and joints
- Recover with less pain after injury or training
Rehabilitation at NWH
Northern Westchester Hospital’s rehabilitation staff will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your needs. Alter-G treadmills can be used for a wide range of injuries and medical conditions, including:
- Broken bones and muscle strains
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
If you are struggling with mobility issues or would like assistance recovering from injury, the anti-gravity treadmill at NWH might be right for you. Call Northern Westchester Hospital at 914-458-8700 to request a physical therapy appointment, or schedule an appointment online.