Choosing The Right Rehab Treadmill

Rehab Technology is a specialist supplier of rehab exercise products throughout Australasia with over 20 years experience in providing solutions to Public Hospitals and Private Practice.

We supply internationally recognised brands for rehab including Monark, LiteGait, APT, SportsArt, PhysioTrainer, Landice Reebok and BalanceGym. 

LiteGait - The Partial Weight Bearing Gait Therapy Device

The LiteGait family of products has provided a safe and effective environment for walking therapy for over a decade. As the original partial weight bearing therapy device, LiteGait has forever altered gait therapy techniques, as well as expectations of outcome.

    LiteGait Benefits

      1. LiteGait BiSym Scale
      2. Rehabilitation Treadmill
      3. LiteGait Harnesses
      4. LiteGait Extra Wide Base
      5. LiteGait Flexable Yoke
      6. LiteGait Freedom Yoke
      7. LiteGait Gator Stool
    • When shopping for a treadmill you will most likely have fixed space and financial considerations, but treadmills offer many different features that make them unique.

    Please consider the following features to find the treadmill that best suits your needs:

    Who are you?
    It is the most important factor for consideration. Start by answering the following question, "How will I be using this treadmill, not only now but in the future?"
    The answer to this question will allow you to focus your shopping efforts.

    Speed
    The speed of the treadmill will of course determine how fast you will walk, jog or run. Keep in mind you will be able to walk on all treadmills, however you will only be able to jog or run on those that are suited to that purpose.

    Incline / Elevation
    hanging the elevation of your treadmill allows you to vary your workout as if you were walking up a hill which will increase your workout intensity and therefore your heart rate. The majority of treadmills come with electronic incline so that you may vary the incline at the touch of a button whilst walking or running. Some entry level models come with only a manual incline system where you must demount the treadmill to change the elevation. You will be less likely of course to vary your workout with a manual system.

    Safety
    Look for features like emergency stop in the form of a key that attaches to the wearer, or a panic stop button. If slow incremental pace changes are necessary for you as a user, factor that into your buying decision. A safety key is also useful where small children may be around the treadmill as without the key, in most cases the treadmill cannot be used.

    Treadmill Motor
    Depending if you are walking or running, you can easily place 80 to 250 percent of your body weight on the treadmill every time your foot hits the belt. It's the motor's job to take a beating and still keep a constant speed.

    Computer Console
    All treadmills come with feedback on speed of the treadmill, distance covered, time elapsed and calories burnt. The means of changing speed is normally by push button control, however some more entry level units have dials similar to the volume control on your stereo. Whilst the dial system is cheaper to manufacturer, the system offers no less quality or ease of use than their pushbutton counterparts. Most treadmills also provide a means of setting a goal of distance or time and the monitor will count down as opposed to counting up. This can often be a helpful and motivating consideration.

    Programmability
    Many treadmills on the market have integrated programs that can suit various user needs. There are also models that allow heart rate interactivity to further personalise your workouts. Weight loss, interval or hill profile programs, and heart rate interactivity might interest you if you tend to get bored easily or need extra guidance. Some programmes alter speed, incline and or heart rate. Try several different options to determine what is best suited to you.

    Heart Rate Monitoring
    Heart Rate Monitoring is often looked upon as only necessary for more serious athletes or exercisers however it is often more important for those just starting out on an exercise programme. A Heart Rate Monitor will guide you to exercise at the right intensity level and help you achieve your goal in minimum time. Through instruction on correct methods and levels particular to helping you achieve your weight loss or fitness goals, monitoring your heart rate during exercise will also significantly help in motivating yourself, knowing your time is spent efficiently and effectively.

    Heart Rate Interactivity
    To help you monitor your heart rate during exercise, some treadmills have heart rate and pulse rate monitors or the ability to receive heart rate transmissions.

    Heart Rate Control
    Heart Rate Control takes heart rate monitoring of your workout to the next level and allows the computer or individual to set the target workout heart rate and subsequently the treadmill will change speed and or incline to keep your heart rate at the desired level set. You can therefore set the treadmill to do the workout and all you have to do is keep allowing you to concentrate on other things.

    Ease of use
    Let’s face it, we need as few hindrances to our exercise program as possible. Choose a treadmill that meets your electronic needs, yet is simple for you to operate.

    Deck Cushioning & Absorption
    Trying different options will help you determine what is most comfortable for you, however keep in mind that a good quality pair of walking or running shoes should be a more important consideration and that the deck that feels the ‘softest’ or most ‘bouncy’ under foot will not necessarily be the best quality nor most superior surface.

    Treadmill Walking Belt & Deck Size
    Length and widths can vary widely among treadmills and manufacturers. Walk or run on it to assess your personal comfort level (stride length, width, etc). Yes the longer and wider the walking surface the more comfortable you will feel on the unit but consider that you will tend to get used to whatever you choose.

    Folding or Non Folding
    Try not to let ‘out of sight out of mind’ play a part in your decision process so that you get the most benefit from your investment. This might suggest that a dedicated exercise area is put aside in your home for your workouts rather than a corner of a spare bedroom or the garage.

    Where are you going to workout and put your treadmill?
    In line with a decision to choose a folding or non folding treadmill is the decision of where you will workout. If the floor surface is hard such as timber, concrete or tiles, a rubber mat can reduce vibration and noise whilst on carpet, a mat may reduce static electricity that can build up and also make the area underneath the treadmill easier to wipe clean and reduce the dust build up.

    Maintenance
    Treadmills, like any mechanical and devices require general maintenance and cleaning to keep them in good working order. Depending on the treadmill running deck and belt construction quality, regularity of monitoring will differ, however belt alignment and lubrication should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. We suggest also that the area inside the treadmill, adjacent to the motor and electronic control board should be vacuumed once or twice yearly or even more regularly depending on the dust in the area in which the treadmill is kept. Click here to see the Suggested Maintenance Programme for a Treadmill.

    Treadmill Features

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    1. Yoke
    2. Straps
    3. Harness
    4. Actuator
    5. Base

    LiteGait Options Available

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    1. LiteGait BiSym Scale
    2. Rehabilitation Treadmill
    3. LiteGait Harnesses
    4. LiteGait Extra Wide Base
    5. LiteGait Flexable Yoke
    6. LiteGait Freedom Yoke
    7. LiteGait Gator Stool

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