Ground-breaking technology engineered by NASA’s space programme was officially launched by Olympian Greg Rutherford at a city health clinic this afternoon.
The gold medallist visited BMI The Saxon Clinic’s physiotherapy department to cut the ribbon of its AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
It enables people to exercise and move at a reduced body weight - aimed at those recovering from surgery, illness or injury such as a stroke.
Physiotherapy Manager Clare Mannion said, “Following surgery I always aim to get patients mobile as soon as possible and with this treadmill patients are able to start moving almost straight away at a reduced bodyweight.
“The anti-gravity effect means the joints only take a small amount of pressure while the muscles are kept active and strong.
“It is an excellent choice for people suffering with stress-related or recurring injuries such as cruciate ligament or cartilage damage, as well as a range of post-operative surgeries from ankle to spine to shoulder.
“The Anti-Gravity Treadmill has the potential to significantly improve the rehabilitation on offer to everyone in our local and surrounding areas.”
The treadmill will be available to visitors to BMI The Saxon Clinic Physiotherapy department.
> See what Greg thought about the technology by watching the video above.