Stretching exercise equipment for today’s gym

Range3D multi-gym for stretching the hip joint
INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Range3D multi-gym measures hip range of motion
ELECTRONIC SYSTEM

The Range3D multi-gym for stretching has been designed to match state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength equipment. It incorporates every feature needed to produce results, so that the exercises help optimise musculoskeletal function.

An effective stretching action is created by supporting and stabilising the body in a position that isolates the muscle group. Because the Range3D multi-gym guides the legs in each anatomical plane, the user has a complete exercise routine for the hip. All movements are safely controlled and the range of motion (ROM) is measured electronically to give accurate feedback.

By doing almost everything for the user, the Range3D multi-gym ensures correct form. The beginner is immediately able to stretch properly, while those with a regular stretching regimen can transfer exercises and notice the difference.

No effort. No strain. No error.

  • NEW! An upgraded version of the Range3D multi-gym is now ready – fully integrated display console, improved components, different coatings and colours.

Advantages

Comfort

Whole body support with cushioning enables user to be comfortable and relaxed

Performance

Stretch is applied correctly for each muscle group in the routine

Feedback

Range of motion measurement compares left and right legs and quantifies improvement

Safety

Movements are restricted to anatomical planes and user has full control

Athletic groups

The standardised, reproducible, measurable regimen assists conditioning and monitoring

Rehabilitation

Ideally suited to the process, from early stages through to restoration of normal function

Operation

1. Set up

User adjusts head rest and leg supports according to height.

Leg supports are initially bent at the knee, so that user can sit inside them.

Sliding ankle support allows for variations in lower leg length.

Waist grips and straps above knee and ankle keep the body secure and correctly aligned.

No adjustments are needed between exercises.

2. Control

Stretching action occurs at the hip joint and is not transmitted to the pelvis and lumbar spine.

Handles for horizontal and vertical movement provide leverage in every exercise position.

Leg supports are easily raised because of gearing, and safely lowered with braking damper.

User remains in position throughout the routine.

3. Move

All exercises start from the anatomical neutral and are shown on an instruction placard.

Before moving a leg support, user switches ratchet on, with small intervals to give precise control at the limit of stretch.

Stretching position is held by the ratchet for as long as required.

Leg may then be either moved further into the stretch or returned to neutral.

4. Measure

Leg supports rotate about axes designed to coincide with the hip joint.

Angle sensors accurately measure the true range of motion, which is displayed digitally.

Legs are moved separately, so values for left and right can be retained and compared.

Timer function saves user from having to count for the stretching duration.

Exercises

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the hamstrings

The opposite leg is kept fully extended to maintain the ideal stretching position.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the hip extensors and flexors

In the same position as the hamstrings exercise, the knee is flexed and brought to the chest.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the hip adductors

The body is in a fully extended position with the pelvis stabilised.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the hip abductors

The opposite leg is flexed at hip and knee to enable adduction in the frontal plane. This exercise is particularly beneficial for iliotibial band syndrome.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the medial hip rotators

The leg is placed in the standard orthopaedic position to stretch the hip rotator muscles.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the lateral hip rotators

The lateral rotators include the piriformis muscle which, if shortened, can cause sciatic nerve pain.

Range3D multi-gym being used to stretch the hip extensors and flexors

One-joint hip flexors: The opposite leg is fully flexed to tilt the pelvis posteriorly and bring the hip into extension. Gravity provides the stretching tension, which can be increased by applying downward pressure with the handle.
Two-joint hip flexors: The exercise is repeated with both knees flexed at 90°.

Summary

  • Caters for all body types and is suitable for recreational to elite standard
  • User will quickly become familiar with the simple controls
  • Straightforward routine is efficient use of time in a conditioning programme
  • Muscles being targeted are classified by having a tendency to shorten
  • Alternative to traditional exercises that may not be of benefit through incorrect technique
  • Gym stretching area can be equipped to complement cardiovascular and strength training range

Applications

SPORT

Group conditioning and monitoring

The athletes will all be able to perform the same stretching exercises in exactly the same way, for consistency. Range of motion feedback helps identify inadequate hip mobility and possible muscle imbalance. Gym-based stretching is also ideal for recovery, allowing muscles to regain normal resting length.

Special demands

Certain sports require a greater level of flexibility, either in a particular muscle group or just more generally. This can be achieved as the leg supports are designed to move beyond the normal ranges of motion. The stability and control especially assist the user with the longer duration developmental stretch.

ACTIVE HEALTH

Foundation for fitness

A fully mobile hip means that the forces on the joint surfaces should be evenly distributed, and enables the dynamic exercises which promote blood supply to the joint.  As the hip is the link between the lower body and the trunk, preventing muscles which cross the joint from shortening will aid correct posture and movement.

Staying active

Inexperienced exercisers often suffer problems relating to the hip and thigh muscles. The range of motion values allow users to see if and where flexibility may have to be improved, so that they are able to continue their activity. These values can be checked from time to time, just like any other fitness metric.

REHAB

After injury or surgery

Passive static stretching is appropriate, and may be controlled by either therapist or patient. The exercises for hip muscle groups are all available on the same piece of equipment. By switching the ratchets off, the therapist can also perform PNF stretching and assisted/active range of motion exercises. In every case, the patient is in a supported and stabilised position.

Functional assessment

The leg supports move in the planes used for a standard physical examination of the hip, which makes it easier to assess the patient. Accurate range of motion measurement helps with monitoring progress and indicates when normal mobility has been restored.