A user’s lower body is encased in an air bubble on an anti-gravity treadmill. They are lifted off the treadmill in a gentle manner, reducing stress on the lower body.

How Does an Anti Gravity Treadmill Work

Rehabilitative and training equipment using NASA Differential Air Pressure technology is the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill®. For astronauts on the International Space Station, it was originally designed to assist them exercise for long periods of time every day to counteract the loss of bone mass and muscle in microgravity.

People can walk or run at lower percentages of their body weight with the Alter G, resulting in less pain and more efficient rehabilitation. With this, individuals who want to improve their mobility and strength while simultaneously minimising the risk of injury can do so.

Although the Alter G would be great for anyone, it is particularly beneficial for:

  • Injured athletes
  • Runners
  • Seniors
  • Anyone suffering a knee, ankle, leg or foot injury

How does it work?

Air pressure is used in the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill to assist the patient in becoming lighter. Over the top of shorts or tight leggings, specific shorts are worn. The patient is then zipped inside the machine’s chamber, which resembles a huge bubble.

This allows the lower body to be surrounded and supported by the pressure of the surrounding air. The body support % can be modified once the machine has been tuned to the individual.

Treadmill speed can be adjusted for both walking and running from this point onward. For better treatment, the physical therapist can monitor mobility and mechanics on both sides and back of the bubble.

Walking and running mechanics can be restored with Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill while healing tissue is supported. Weight loss and rehabilitation from fractures, stress fractures, and knee or hip replacement surgeries are just a few of the many uses for this supplement. There are a number of benefits to using this to help in rehabilitation.

Our offices in Melrose and Woburn, Massachusetts, each feature an Alter G. If you have insurance, you may be able to use Alter G minutes for free.

How to Use the Anti-Gravity Treadmill

For the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, patients or athletes wear specially tailored shorts and zip themselves inside an air chamber on the treadmill.

Once engaged, the chamber forms an air-filled cocoon around the patient’s lower extremities, providing support and alleviating their sense of weight. In this zero-gravity setting, users can walk, run, and perform other weight-bearing exercises.

Our staff recommends an anti-gravity factor for the lift’s degree of lift. A user can feel anywhere from 20% to 100% of their own weight, and many training programmes concentrate on gradually increasing the amount of weight felt.

It is possible for a 150-pound individual to functionally weigh just 30 pounds in the chamber at a 20% anti-gravity factor When the person is at 50%, he or she appears to weigh 75 pounds.

Using the treadmill, a patient’s movement can be observed from a variety of angles while maintaining a speed of up to 18 mph and an inclined angle of up to 20 percent.

Benefits Anti Gravity Treadmill

Reduces Stress on Your Bones, Joints, & Muscles

You can reap the health benefits of treadmill running, but you may also be putting your bones, joints, and muscles at risk. It’s common knowledge that running puts a lot of stress and strain on your body, yet many individuals aren’t aware of this.

To assist patients get the most out of their treadmill workout, the Anti-Gravity Treadmill employs unweighting technology. Once the AlterG Treadmill’s air chamber is zipped shut, an unique pair of shorts must be put on to ensure an airtight seal.

Afterwards, a physician will adjust the machine to pressurise the chamber, allowing you to run pain-free and without interfering with your normal stride mechanics. An 80 percent reduction in weight can be achieved with the AlterG, minimising strain and shock on the lower body.

Patients recovering from knee surgery and professional athletes trying to improve their running pace can both benefit from this technology. Everyone’s “body” can benefit from using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill.

Safe & Comfortable

For people recovering from an injury or surgery, the AlterG Treadmill is a safe and comfortable experience.

With a clinician by your side to help guide you through your run, you’ll be supported by a safety bar while in the AlterG. They’ll modify your speed and pressure for the best running experience. Patients who use the AlterG Treadmill may focus on getting the most out of their activity rather than worrying about falling or experiencing joint pain.

Quick Recovery

In the early phases of recuperation, patients can use the AlterG treadmill for painless, regulated, and low-weight bearing exercise. Studies have shown that returning to motion as soon as feasible after surgery or injury can assist reduce muscle atrophy, reduce swelling, and improve patient outcomes.

Your recovery from an injury or surgery will be speedier and your cardiovascular fitness will improve if you use the AlterG machine. You can now stay fit and active while also enhancing your range of motion and strength thanks to the counteracting effects of gravity on your body. You don’t have to be a couch potato when you’re in recovery – use the AlterG to workout your muscles without the pain.