Rehabilitation Treadmills

Physical therapy Treadmills are incredibly versatile pieces of exercise equipment. They're great for nearly anyone, especially those looking to improve their range of mobility, strength, or overall fitness. They are especially beneficial for those who have lost mobility due to injury to their lower body, neurological disorders, or age. Medical treadmills help in the rehabilitation of the body or in the control of total body weight. Find a treadmill for sale at Vitality Medical.

 

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Rehabilitation Treadmills vs. Regular Treadmills

Treadmills come in all shapes and sizes. They offer different features depending on their intended use. There are models for home use and commercial use, as well as motorized and manual variations. Foldable units are ideal for home use to save space.

When it comes to models designed for therapy, a motorized treadmill like the SportsArt T655MS holds up to high-workload uses. Rehabilitation treadmills typically include preprogrammed features that are more suited to physical therapy than to basic fitness:

  • Built-in therapy programs
  • Height-adjustable handrails
  • Removable handrails
  • Adjustable widths
  • Quick select keys
  • Contact heart rate detection
  • Therapist pendant controller
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Shock absorption
  • And more

They are also designed to be more durable to accommodate multiple users over long periods of time. A wider platform and commercial-grade materials are sturdier and more rugged than standard home treadmills since they need to stand up to more consistent use. They also have a higher weight capacity.

Electric vs. Manual

An electric treadmill has a motor that moves the track for the patient whereas a manual version does not. Typically, manual units, sometimes called deadmills, are more difficult since they require the patient to run the track with their movement.

 

Types of Therapy

Where regular treadmills are generally focused on cardio or endurance workouts, treadmills for physical therapy are multipurpose. There are several types that can be helpful with:

  • Gait training
  • Sports conditioning
  • Weight loss therapy
  • Rehabilitation of the lower extremities
  • Cardiovascular therapy
  • Muscle strengthening to reduce the risk of reinjury
  • Endurance training

 

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