Unweighted treadmill ambulation augments physical deficits and increases mobility to improve rehabilitation. Unweighting assists with the management of orthopedic, neurological, and chronic conditions, active aging, and athletic performance.
Your physical therapist may prescribe the use of rehabilitation equipment—such as a special harness device that attaches to a treadmill to help reduce pressure on the spinal nerves during walking.
Unweighted treadmill walking has been part of a physical therapy plan of care in several studies for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Patients are unweighted to the extent that pain is relieved in order that they can ambulate with good quality movement and pain-free. The amount of unweighting is lessened over time as per the patient’s response.