Space age therapy at the RNOH

Zero gravity treadmill rehabilitation physiotherapy

A new item of equipment is transforming the rehabilitation and recovery of patients at the RNOH by using technology originally developed for NASA.

Using precise unweighting technology, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows therapists to push rehabilitation and training further than ever before. It is the perfect solution for patients looking to regain mobility, develop strength and fitness, and increase range of motion and natural movement – all while minimising stress on injuries.

The treadmill reduces gravity's impact by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of the patient's body weight by 1% increments. This starts the patient loading naturally, using muscles that would otherwise be minimally and ineffectively loaded.It can be used for:

  • Physiotherapy following an injury or surgery on a lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle or foot)
  • Rehab after total joint replacement
  • Gait training and strengthening for neurological patients
  • Strengthening and conditioning in a fall-safe environment for older patients
  • Weight-loss programs
  • Injury prevention during sport specific conditioning and fitness improvement programs

Holly Doyle, Specialist MSK Physiotherapist at the RNOH, said: “We are delighted to have the Alter G treadmill here, it provides us with the ability to rehabilitate our patients at an earlier stage and with less pain and deliver functional rehabilitation.”

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