In physiotherapy and rehabilitation, Galileo vibration is used as a complementary form of therapy to enhance existing therapy methods, integrated as a component in the therapeutic approach. With a Galileo, you train power, strength, elasticity, speed and coordination all at once. The Galileo Med L, the medical alternative to Galileo Fit, has the integrated Wobble function to effectively train balance and co-ordination.
The Galileo principle adopts human gait. It employs a seesaw motion pattern with adjustable frequency and amplitude to simulate gait patterns. The Galileo platform‘s seesaw motion causes a side-alternating tilt of the pelvis – just as in gait, but much faster. Consequently all muscle groups of the legs and trunk constantly react in a side-alternating manner to compensate for this tilting, rhythmic motion. The muscle contractions required to compensate change with the increase of the tilting frequency. Above approximately 12 Hertz the muscle contractions originate from the physiological stretch reflex rather than from voluntary muscle innervations. Compared to voluntarily directed movements these reflex-based movements are much better coordinated, and are perceived as less exhausting by the individual.
Galileo® research papers
Scientific, extensively investigated studies show the effectiveness of Galileo Training [LINK].
Galileo® for neurological disorders
Targeted muscle training using different frequencies offers concrete aid in rehabilitation treatment not only for orthopedic patients, but for patients with neural disorders such as spastic paresis (paralysis) after stroke, in MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease, or incomplete paraplegia. The wobble function of the new generation of Galileo devices is specifically designed for them. For example, due to the high number of repetitions in a short time, existing residual functions in incomplete paraplegics are activated much faster than with traditional methods. The sinusoidal, repetitive motion of Galileo results in motor and neural learning effects. A reflex reaction is triggered, making a Galileo workout ideally suited to quickly and effectively improve existing residual functions and specific movement patterns. The number of repetitions is crucial to learning. Frequency, but also foot position (amplitude) and stance are chosen and adapted by the therapist for the patient.
Galileo® for orthopedic disorders
Fully-functioning and efficient muscles prevent widely common diseases such as osteoporosis, incontinence, back pain, or degenerative joint disease. Directed muscle training on Galileo has been successfully used in osteoporosis treatment. Pelvic floor training on Galileo helps with stress incontinence. Back pain can be alleviated through relaxation, stretching, and improved coordination using the Galileo. Due to the side alternating movement of the Galileo system, the induced reflex contractions in the muscle are felt all the way up in the back. This side alternating movement is crucial because only this movement allows the muscles on each side to contract alternately. For patients with back pain it is this relaxation (of rigidity, stiffness or cramping) of the back muscles that is essential in alleviating pain. Tendon, ligament and muscle injuries in the lower extremities also respond very favourably.
Galileo® for injury and fall prevention
As bipeds we spend about 80% of the time on one leg during walking. The critical point when walking and also when falling is to control the lateral weight shift. So when it comes to preventing falls, the decisive factor is the power of the muscles around the hip. Therefore in addition to the improvement of muscle power, ameliorating balance and proprioception in the lateral direction plays an important role in fall prevention. This goal is best achieved using low frequencies during Galileo Training. To improve elasticity, flexibility and muscle function an intermediate frequency is also used during therapy training. To improve muscle power, force, and rapid movements to enable the patient to react faster, high frequencies are used.
Galileo® for pediatrics
For children and adolescents Galileo Training provides a varied, dynamic and relatively new method of therapy. An area of focus is a coordinated interdisciplinary approach for the treatment of children and youngsters with musculo-skeletal disorders such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) or Spina Bifida (open spine) in accordance with the treatment approach.