Various fitness and physical therapy centers across the nation are beginning to purchase AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills.
An occupational therapist at Hand Therapy Plus, Rob Abney, says, â€œThis treadmill was built using NASA technology. It uses air pressure to allow patients to walk or run without carrying their full body weight.â€
Abney confirms my suspicions by saying, â€œFor people with lower body issuesâ€”problems with knees, hips, ankles, feetâ€”we have to lighten the load for them. Using their legs too much is not good, but not using them at all isnâ€™t good either.â€
The anti-gravity machine allows users to reduce the impact of walking or jogging by letting them walk at 20% to 100% of their body weight. This allows for less pressure on the joints and less long-term pain.
But itâ€™s not just arthritis patients that can benefit from the treadmill. â€œWe have a patient who has Parkinsonâ€™s disease,â€ Abney explains. â€œAfter using this treadmill for a few weeks, heâ€™s had marked improvement with his walking. In fact, he hasnâ€™t had a fall since he started training with us.â€
The anti-gravity treadmill can also be used to help athletes improve their performance while reducing possible injury risks. Evansville Courier & Press elaborates: â€œSomeone training to run a marathon may be at risk for various repetitive-motion injuries as a result of constant pounding on pavement. Using this treadmillâ€¦may help prevent those conditions while still allowing the athlete to maintain his high cardio workouts.â€
I wonder how long it will take for anti-gravity workout machines to be seen in centers everywhereâ€¦for some reason, I donâ€™t think it will be a very long time.
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