Anti-Gravity Treadmill at Physio Fit Adelaide
Our Anti-Gravity Treadmill is an innovative piece of equipment that can help you with a range of problems. Originally designed by NASA to help maintain the bone density and strength of Astronauts in zero gravity. It was then adapted by Nike to help elite runners and athletes overtrain to increase their performance, whilst limiting the stress on their joints. From this, the physiotherapy industry has seen a huge opportunity to improve how we can rehabilitate patients with a wide range of conditions, in a safer and more natural lifelike environment, to get the best possible outcomes in a shorter time.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill uses differential air pressure to reduce the percentage of body weight going through the treadmill, enabling walking, jogging or running at anywhere from 20% to 100% of your bodyweight. This can be used for a number of conditions to help ensure safe, yet quick return from injury or surgery whilst maintaining fitness. Using an Anti-Gravity Treadmill can help you recover from injuries such as broken bones, ligament tears and muscle injuries as well as assist with athletes who would like to increase their running loads without placing too much stress on their ankle, hip and knee joints.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill will help people who have conditions that require them to have a period of decreased weight going through their legs or back, which may be due to traumatic injury, pain, surgery or neurological issues.
Incorporating our Anti-Gravity Treadmill into your rehabilitation program will help you:
- Maintain and develop cardiovascular conditioning without stressing injured areas
- Train with your normal gait, and avoid developing any compensatory habits
- Achieve higher level training sooner than otherwise possible
- Reduce the risk of re-injury after returning to the field, court, or track
- Prepare for long distance events such as marathons, ultra marathons and ironman events, aiming to remain injury free whilst increasing your training loads significantly
- Push your training to the next level by running at higher speeds than possible at body weight, aiming to remain injury free and improve performance
Our team of Physiotherapists at Physio Fit Adelaide will help to give you clarity:
As Physiotherapists, we use our Anti-Gravity Treadmill to help people return to running or walking quicker as it allows you to work on loading the body and increasing muscle strength in the areas needed, whilst reducing the impact going through joints that may be injured or painful. For example, common uses in the clinic in a sporting setting is helping athletes keep strength in their legs by walking or jogging during a time they would otherwise be inactive for, such as recovering from a foot or knee surgery.
If you have any of the following injuries or surgical procedures, an Anti-Gravity Treadmill may help you:
Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
Metatarsal Stress Fracture (stress fracture in your foot)
Total Hip Replacement
Total Knee Replacement
Knee Meniscectomy (Knee Cleanout Procedure)
Hip Arthroscopy (Hip Cleanout Procedure)