Mercy Health - Cincinnati Now has Second AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill Available in Mason for Injured Runners and Patients with a Variety of Conditions

(CINCINNATI; April 18, 2016) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, has a second AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill available in Mason in addition to the first one it has offered in Anderson Township since January 2015.

The AlterG features an inflatable air chamber that surrounds the user’s lower body and gently lifts him or her off the treadmill to achieve a body weight that’s 20-100% of the user’s actual weight. In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds and use the AlterG at the 20% setting, you can run as if you weigh 40 pounds, lowering the impact on your joints and muscles drastically. If you want to feel the difference that trimming 20 pounds off your weight would make, then use the 90% setting and run or train at 180 pounds.

The AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill helps injured runners continue their training even as they recover from injury and can serve as an alternate training method for all runners. The AlterG is also a great rehabilitation tool for post-operative patients, allowing patients to start partial weight bearing exercise immediately after surgery. They reap the benefits of rehabilitative exercise without pain.

It can provide benefits for patients with a host of other conditions, as well. For example, patients with foot, knee or hip arthritis that causes pain when walking can take part in pain-free exercise with the AlterG. 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 AlterG to ease into a wellness and fitness program to lower their risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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

“AlterG gives patients all the gain without the pain,” said Steve Basta, CEO of AlterG. “Our unique approach to unweighted physical therapy preserves natural body movement and provides benefits for a broad range of medical conditions.”

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA-based anti-gravity technology, is 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