Orthopedic ONE Training Tip #2

Weightless Workout:  The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a traditional treadmill that uses NASA technology to allow users to run/walk at anywhere from 20-100% of their body weight. Professional athletes and patients alike can see incredible results from this advanced technology, as the ability to unload the body in an effort to decrease the effects of gravity is beneficial in both rehabilitation and training environments.

Every day, physical therapists and sport medicine professionals use this device to help runners and athletes rehab from injury by starting them off running/walking as low as 20% of their body weight and then progressing based on their tolerance to the loading.  Even runners who have been fortunate enough to avoid an injury can take advantage of this technology. When used during recovery/training runs, athletes are able to increase their mileage and volume while decreasing the likelihood of injury while improving their performance.


Recently, CRC runner, Dr. Christina Murphy used the AlterG to rehab from an injury to her right foot, a combination of plantar fasciitis and nerve damage. Even after her condition improved, she continued to incorporate the AlterG into her training to aid her volume/mileage ramp-up as she prepared to compete in the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Check out the video below to see Dr. Murphy running on the AlterG at Orthopedic ONE’s Upper Arlington Therapy Services location!  

Over four years ago, Orthopedic ONE became the first practice in central Ohio to adopt this technology. The AlterG is utilized as both a rehabilitation and performance tool to provide our patients and athletes with the highest possible quality of care. We presently have six AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills housed at our various physical therapy clinics throughout the area.

We have found that our runners are able to get back to their training programs more quickly when they utilize the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill compared to other rehabilitation methods.  This technology allows injuries to be managed more effectively with fewer training days lost, so it goes without saying that our patients and athletes love the “G”!

Still need more convincing? Watch as Oregon Project Coach and Olympic Marathoner, Alberto Salazar, praises the benefits of the AlterG as a revolutionary form of cross training. Salazar also speaks about the value this technology has personally given him and the runners he trains.  


Interested in trying the AlterG Anti –Gravity Treadmill for yourself? We are happy to discuss how this incredible piece of technology can benefit your rehab or training. Connect with an Orthopedic ONE therapist or certified athletic trainer to discuss how the AlterG can be worked into your therapy regimen or learn about the AlterG packages available to athletes who are looking at using this device to supplement their training. Call our Sports Medicine Hotline or contact us via the Healthy Roster App. Click here to download instructions for both features.  


Orthopedic ONE is the largest private orthopedic surgery practice in the state of Ohio and represents a group of 60 of the region's top orthopedic experts with one mission: To make each and every patient our number ONE priority. Our team of physicians, therapists and trainers provide orthopedic, injury prevention and rehabilitation services to some of the most elite professional organizations in central Ohio, as well as collegiate, high school and club programs. Our goal is to keep athletes out of our office and back to doing the activities they love.  


We invite you to learn more by visiting www.orthopedicONE.com