Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Debuts First Anti-Gravity Treadmill in Region

People undergoing physical therapy for a variety of lower extremity issues can now return to exercise safely and pain free using an anti-gravity treadmill at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Allentown campus. The AlterG® anti-gravity treadmill employs NASA technology to apply a lifting force to the body, allowing users to walk or run at 20 to 100 percent of their body weight. Good Shepherd is the only rehabilitation provider in the region currently offering the anti-gravity treadmill.

Using the device can benefit people who have had knee, ankle, foot and other lower extremity injuries or surgeries as well as those with back problems or arthritis. Reducing impact on the lower extremities enables patients to safely maintain or increase their cardiovascular activity without additional wear and tear on injured joints and muscles.

“The AlterG is a rehabilitation technology tool that we are using as part of an overall physical therapy program,” says Cynthia Bauer, PT, DPT, OCS, director of Outpatient Musculoskeletal Services. “It can help reduce recovery time after surgery or an injury, reduce deconditioning as a result of mobility issues, assist with reducing gait and balance dysfunction and promote weight loss if desired.”

The AlterG has been featured nationally on “The Biggest Loser,” and in Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professional athletes, including Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, have used the treadmill to rehabilitate after an injury. View a video on the AlterG treadmill.

Emily Eider