The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill: New at ESSMC

GBuckEast Suburban Sports Medicine Center (ESSMC) has Pittsburgh’s newest AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® to make physical therapy, athletic training and rehabilitation less painful. This amazing technology gives you the opportunity to exercise, even while you are still recovering from surgery or injury, with less pain than traditional methods. There are only five of these units in Pittsburgh and we have two of them! Now in Murrysville and Penn Hills!

How the AlterG Works

Originally developed by NASA to make it easier for astronauts to exercise in space, AlterG’s unique space-age unweighting technology reduces the impact of walking or running to help you heal, thanks to its special inflatable chamber that allows you to walk or run at anywhere between 20 and 100 percent of your body weight.
This technology allows you to:

• Easily select your reduced body weight where movement becomes pain free
• Give yourself the opportunity for a smooth rehabilitation back to full recovery
• Lower the impact on your joints and muscles
• Exercise without the risk of falling
• Enjoy yourself- you’ll feel like you’re running on air!

Who Can Benefit from the AlterG for Physical Therapy, Rehab or Training?

The AlterG is used by top professional athletes and teams, from elite distance runners and Olympic athletes to professional sports leagues around the world to reduce the frequency of injuries, build fitness, and train and recover more quickly.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills are being used by leading medical facilities, such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, to help people recover from surgery or injury.
Ask your doctor or physical therapist if AlterG would be right for your physical therapy, rehabilitation or athletic training regimen.

People who can benefit from the AlterG are persons with:

  • Knee, ankle or hip pain
  • Low back pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Joint replacements
  • Surgery or fractures
  • Cardiac patients who:
    • Want to exercise but are limited by pain
  • Those who want to lose weight
  • Healthy runners who want to train unweighted
  • Those with MS, Parkinson’s or other conditions affecting gait
  • Rehabilitating after hip, knee, ankle or foot surgery
  • Training through an injury
  • Receiving gait training for neurological conditions
  • Seeking to reduce and control excess body weight
  • Looking for the ultimate in athletic training

ESSMC helped me get back to pounding the pavement quickly!

ESSMC helped me get back to pounding the pavement quickly! I was very eager post-surgery to start running again and this was only possible under the direction of the PTs and access to the Alter-G treadmill. I was “running” as of 4 weeks post-op and was able to safely increase speed and time spent running, reaching a full recovery within 12 weeks. The staff was always so accommodating and supportive! I would highly recommend any runner or athlete recovering from injury to check out the Alter-G. It’s a game changer in my recovery!

~ Amanda W., Levelgreen, Marathoner

Notable Alter-G Users


  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Houston Texans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Washington Redskins


  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Charlotte Bobcats
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New York Knicks
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Washington Wizards


  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Florida Marlins
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Yankees
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Texas Rangers
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Washington Nationals


NCAA Division I By Conference


  • Boston College
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Carolina
  • Virginia Tech University

American Athletic Conference

  • University of Connecticut

Atlantic 10

  • Davidson College

Atlantic Sun

  • Florida Gulf Coast University

Big East

  • Marquette University
  • Notre Dame
  • Providence College
  • University of Louisville
  • Villanova University

Big 10

  • Indiana University
  • Penn State
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Wisconsin

Big 12

  • Baylor University
  • Iowa State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas
  • West Virginia University

Big Sky

  • University of Montana

Big South

  • High Point University
  • Liberty University

Colonial Athletic Association

  • University of Delaware

Conference USA

  • Rice University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tulsa

Great West

  • UT-Pan America

Horizon League

  • Wright State University

Ivy League

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University


  • Iona College

Mid-American Conference

  • Ball State University
  • Northern Illinois University

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

  • Delaware State University

Mountain West

  • Air Force Academy
  • Boise State University
  • University of Las Vegas–Nevada
  • San Diego State University
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Wyoming

Northeast Conference

  • Sacred Heart University


  • Arizona State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University

Patriot League

  • Army Athletics West Point
  • Colgate University
  • Naval Academy


  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • Texas A & M
  • Vanderbilt

Southern Conference

  • Furman University

Southwestern Athletic Conference

  • Texas Southern University

Sun Belt Conference

  • University of Louisiana Monroe

West Coast Conference

  • Brigham Young University
  • St. Mary’s College

NCAA Division II

  • Adams State College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Rogers State University
  • Tiffin University
  • Queens University of Charlotte

NCAA Division III

  • George Fox University
  • John Hopkins University
  • MIT
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • University of Alaska – Anchorage
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • William Patterson University

Community Colleges

  • Clovis Community College


  • Calgary Flames
  • Philadelphia Flyers


  • DC United
  • New York Red Bulls


  • New York Liberty

High Performance/Fitness Center

  • Athletes’ Performance Institute
  • Attack Athletics
  • Body Image Personal Fitness
  • Complete Wellness
  • Dynamic Athletics
  • Elite Training Solutions
  • Equinox
  • Equinox Fitness UK Ltd
  • Fit for Life
  • Georgia Sports Chiropractic
  • HRS
  • IMG Performance Institute and Academy
  • New Hope Human Performance
  • Nike
  • Personal Training Transformations
  • Playtri
  • Running Recoveries
  • Team USA Arizona
  • The Biggest Loser
  • The HealthZone
  • The Runner’s Sole
  • USOC – Chula Vista
  • USOC – Colorado Springs
  • USOC – Lake Placid
  • USOC – Utah
  • US Ski and Snowboard Association
  • YMCA – San Antonio
  • Zap Fitness

Running Shoe Stores

  • The Runner’s Sole
  • Optimal Kinetics at Moorestown
  • Running Company

High Schools

  • Branson High School

Learn More about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

To learn more about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, you can:

Download this helpful AlterG brochure which has detailed information about this fascinating technology.
Click here for your G-Bucks card to take a complimentary test drive!
Contact us to find out if you can benefit from the AlterG.