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How Runners Can Put Less Pressure on Joints and Muscles

Mar 5 2018
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If you’re looking to log a faster mile or perfect your running form, we may be able to help. Mercy Health now has Anti-Gravity treadmills available to help runners meet fitness goals and recover better from injuries.

“With the Alter G, patients with a variety of conditions can run and walk without bearing their entire weight,” said Michael A. McCormack Jr., PT, MHS, SCS, ATC, Regional Director of Rehabilitation Services, Mercy Health.  “This reduces the impact on their bodies so they can rehab better, train smarter and exercise safely.”

The Alter G features an inflatable air chamber. The air chamber surrounds the user’s lower body and gently lifts the runner off the treadmill to achieve a body weight that is 20 to 99% of the user’s actual weight. This helps lower impact on muscles and joints.

In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds and use the Alter G at the 20% setting, you can run as if you weigh 40 pounds. If you want to feel what trimming 20 pounds off would be like, then use the 90% setting to train at 180 pounds.

The Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill helps injured runners continue their training. The Alter G is also a great rehabilitation tool for post-operative patients. By allowing patients to start partial weight-bearing exercise immediately after surgery, they can reap the benefits of rehabilitative exercise without the pain it would usually induce.

The Alter G can provide benefits for patients with a host of other conditions that running may not typically be considered a solution for. For example, patients with foot, knee or hip arthritis that causes pain when walking can take part in pain-free exercise with the Alter G. Patients with metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, can use the Alter G to ease into a fitness program.

How to try the Alter G treadmill

If you’re interested in trying the Alter G, free trials are available at the following locations:

  • The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health, Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation, Mason, located at 5236 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, ZIP 45040, 513-985-1265
  • Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital, Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation, Five Mile, located at 7575 Five Mile Road, ZIP 45230, 513-233-4360
  • Mercy Health The West Hospital Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Bridgetown located at 6045 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati OH, 45248, 513-985-1271
  • Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation, Oxford, located at 260 S. Locust St., Oxford, OH, 513-280-5600
  • Mercy Health – Oregon Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 3851 Navarre Avenue, Oregon, OH, 43616, 419-696-7203
  • Mercy Health – Perrysburg Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 13415 Eckel Junction Road, Perrysburg, OH, 43551, 419-251-8788
  • Mercy Health – Sylvania Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 3930 Sunforest Court, Toledo, OH, 43623, 419-251-1121

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Alison

This sounds amazing! I would love to try it when available in Toledo. All signed up for GCM full marathon. This will be #4! Training is in full swing.
March 06th, 2018 | 10:53am

Katharine Lightner

What outpatient therapy is in Toledo Ohio that using the gravity treadmill?
August 09th, 2018 | 5:42pm

Mercy Health

Hi Katharine - the Alter G is available at the following locations in the Toledo area: - Mercy Health – Oregon Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 3851 Navarre Avenue, Oregon, OH, 43616, 419-696-7203 - Mercy Health – Perrysburg Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 13415 Eckel Junction Road, Perrysburg, OH, 43551, 419-251-8788 - Mercy Health – Sylvania Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy located at 3930 Sunforest Court, Toledo, OH, 43623, 419-251-1121 Hope you find it beneficial!
August 10th, 2018 | 11:38am

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