Galileo Mechano Therapy with Ventosa
The principle of Galileo is based on the natural movement of human gait. Galileo's side-alternating motion is similar to a seesaw movement with variable amplitude and frequency, and therefore stimulates a movement pattern similar to human gait. The rapid movement of the training platform causes a tilting movement of the pelvis, just like when walking, but much more frequently. To compensate, the body responds with rhythmic muscle contractions, alternating between the left and right side of the body. From a frequency of about 12 hertz onwards these muscle contractions are not a conscious process but, rather, are a reflex. This stretch reflex activates the muscles in the legs, the stomach and the back right up into the trunk.
Unlike other training platforms with a vertical (up and down) movement, the tilting movement of Galileo Training simulates human gait in a physiological way.
Only by this side-alternating movement during Galileo Training is the spine stimulated by a slight lateral tilt of the pelvis. On training platforms with a vertical movement, however, the spine is continually compressed.
The physiological stimulation of the spine by the side-alternating function of Galileo allows the back and abdominal muscles to be targeted. On training platforms with a vertical movement this is possible, but to a very limited extent only.
As humans we attempt to keep the head in a steady and upright position as the balance and visual systems function optimally only when in a state of rest. Due to the design of the machine, no significant vibrations are transferred to the head during Galileo Training because the training platform only simulates human gait. The body, therefore, is able to maintain a stable torso and head.
Because Galileo Training produces similar stimulus patterns used when walking, in addition to the basic muscle functions itself, the interaction between different muscle groups and their coordination, is developed perfectly resulting in an increase in muscle power. In the elderly especially, muscle power is the relevant factor in preventing falls that can cause hip and femoral fractures.
During Galileo Training the entire chain of muscles in the leg, and all the way up to the trunk, are targeted. Specific training on individual muscle groups can be achieved by simply altering body posture and tension. While on the Galileo Mechano we perform Ventosa Therapy which will help increase blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.