What is the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®?
The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is a rehabilitation treadmill used to reduce stress on injuries and joints in the lower body. It can help patients to rehabilitate safely with less pain, and reduce the risk of re-injury. Despite it being a treadmill, you can do far more than just run and walk on the machine. For example, you can perform a range of exercises that may not be possible without the ability to reduce your body weight.
What happens during a session on the AlterG®?
The anti-gravity treadmill reduces the load on the body by regulating air in a pressure-controlled compartment.
During your session you will be asked to wear elastic shorts with a zipped waistband. You’ll step into the treadmill compartment, which also has a zip, to create a seal. The compartment fills with air, which is regulated by your physiotherapist to vary how much of your weight is offloaded. This creates a reduced-gravity environment which makes exercise easier, enabling you to walk or run on a flat, on an up and down gradient, or by walking forwards or backwards.
How much does a session on the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® cost?
Before booking a session on the AlterG® treadmill, you will need a full physiotherapy assessment, which is priced from £54*.
A session on the AlterG® costs from £42*.
Some hospitals offer packages for patients to benefit from regular access to the AlterG®. Please discuss this with your preferred location.
How long does a session on the AlterG® last?
The length of the session will depend on a number of factors, such as your condition, level of pain or any medical conditions that may restrict exercise. Your physiotherapist will devise a plan tailored to your needs and discuss this with you.
Can I use the machine if I’m pregnant?
We do not recommend that you use the treadmill if you are pregnant.
What is the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® used to treat?
The AlterG® treadmill is a fantastic treatment option for a variety of patients, including:
- Following surgery on your ankle, knee or hip
- Older patients requiring strengthening and conditioning rehabilitation
- Gait training for neurological patients
- Patients unable to walk/run due to the pain of arthritis of the knee or hip
- Patients participating in a weight-loss program, or who are considering bariatric surgery
How can I benefit from using the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®?
You may benefit from sessions on the AlterG® treadmill if you experience pain or stiffness in your joints on weight bearing, need to build strength following an operation, or want to enhance your sports performance.
Cancer patients who are feeling fatigued after treatment may also find it beneficial as a way to rebuild muscle strength, thanks to the body weight reduction technology.
The AlterG® can also give a boost of confidence if you have a long-term condition that has prevented you from walking or running with ease.
What are the advantages of choosing BMI Healthcare?
Choice of locations - many BMI Healthcare physiotherapy departments have an Alter G® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® across the UK at the following hospitals:
- The Beaumont Hospital, Bolton
- The Cavell/The Kings Oak Hospitals, Middlesex
- Chelsfield Park Hospital, Kent
- Droitwich Spa Hospital, Worcestershire
- Hendon Hospital, London
- The Harbour Hospital, Dorset
- Mount Alvernia Hospital, Surrey
- The Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor
- Ross Hall Hospital, Glasgow
- Sarum Road Hospital, Hampshire
- The Priory Hospital, Birmingham
Individualised care - your physiotherapist will work with you to provide a thorough assessment, analysis and treatment plan.
Fast access - you don't need a GP referral to access the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® at BMI Healthcare. We can offer appointments quickly, usually within 48 hours.
We have a number of AlterG® treadmills in our hospitals around the country. For more information call 0800 404 6660, or make an online enquiry.
*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital