Anti-Gravity Treadmill for Knee Injuries
Our Anti-Gravity Treadmill reduces the loading during walking, jogging and running, allowing our clients to move at a percentage of their own body weight. This minimises the pressure and stress through the joints and muscles during rehab, allowing someone with a current injury to continue training and recover faster while maintaining fitness along the way.
This technology is a game changer for the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries from the spine and hips to the knees, shins and ankles. It is positioned greatly for athletic rehabilitation of all levels due to its unique ability to reduce forces going through the lower body.
There are many types of knee injuries which can occur due to sport, work or normal daily activities such as gardening. These injuries affect many parts of the knee, including ligaments, meniscus, muscle and/or the joint itself.
No matter the concern however, painful knees makes it extremely difficult to run, move, play sport and exercise in general. Usually these types of injuries result in a prolonged period off, waiting while the injury heals and only completing basic exercises. Our Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows the recovery and retraining to begin earlier however as we can begin walking, jogging and running again at modified loads, starting at just 20% body weight. This earlier return to exercise means an earlier return to full activity!
Repeated jumping and landing activities places a high level of load through the knees, in particular, the patellar tendon. Excessive jumping and landing which exceeds the capacity of the muscles and tendon to handle, will start to irritate the tendon and cause pain.
At first this may present as a niggle that is sore during or after activity, but this can quickly progress to sharp pains in the knees that stops you from running, jumping, lunging and kneeling altogether. Without modifying the type and amount of activity, this can progressively become worse, causing pain and dysfunction - The result is a patellar tendinopathy (tendon injury).
As the development of a Patellar Tendinopathy is load related, the Anti-Gravity Treadmill is the perfect piece of technology to allow you to continue running and training during injury. We can set up an appropriate amount of weight/ load to be running at and slowly progress this back to full body weight running as the tendon heals. Most would have to rest from running or stick to other forms of non weight bearing exercise, whereas with the anti-gravity treadmill you can simply adjust how much weight we put through the body to stay active during injury.
ACL injuries are a devastating injury which commonly require reconstruction surgery and 12 months before returning to competitive sport. One of the big milestones of recovery is the return to running which occurs at roughly the 3 month mark post surgery. Before that however is the return to walking, which can determine how fast the rest of the rehabilitation goes.
With the use of an Anti-Gravity Treadmill, we can help those coming back from ACL and other knee surgeries, return to normal walking faster. We commonly see compensation patterns occur in the early stages of walking and running following surgery, and this can overload other body parts trying to help out. Using an Anti-Gravity Treadmill we can decrease the overall weight going through the injured knee and allow for much more normal movement patterns.