Anti-Gravity Treadmill Provides Results

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, “This treadmill was built using NASA technology. It uses air pressure to allow patients to walk or run without carrying their full body weight.”

Already, without hearing more, the benefits and uses of this machine are clear to me. I’m thinking about my family and friends who have knee and back problems and find walking and jogging painful.

Abney confirms my suspicions by saying, “For people with lower body issues—problems with knees, hips, ankles, feet—we have to lighten the load for them. Using their legs too much is not good, but not using them at all isn’t good either.”

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 it’s not just arthritis patients that can benefit from the treadmill. “We have a patient who has Parkinson’s disease,” Abney explains. “After using this treadmill for a few weeks, he’s had marked improvement with his walking. In fact, he hasn’t had a fall since he started training with us.”

The anti-gravity treadmill can also be used to help athletes improve their performance while reducing possible injury risks. Evansville Courier & Press elaborates: “Someone training to run a marathon may be at risk for various repetitive-motion injuries as a result of constant pounding on pavement. Using this treadmill…may help prevent those conditions while still allowing the athlete to maintain his high cardio workouts.”

I wonder how long it will take for anti-gravity workout machines to be seen in centers everywhere…for some reason, I don’t think it will be a very long time.

(Image Source: Treadmill Talk)

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