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2011 Press Releases
Alter G "Anti-Gravity" Treadmill Helping Patients, Athletes at Morton Plant Hospital


CLEARWATER, Fla., (Aug. 3, 2011) - Using technology first developed by NASA, patients and local athletes are able to take advantage of the AlterG "anti-gravity" treadmill at Morton Plant Hospital, the only facility in the Tampa Bay area offering the system.

The AlterG is different from other fitness and therapeutic equipment by applying a lifting force to the body. This reduces weight on the lower extremities, offering a number of benefits. For athletes, it allows them to train longer, minimize stress on the joints, and exercise at a higher level of intensity. For medical patients, the benefits are numerous, helping patients suffering from arthritis, lower extremity fractures, knee replacement surgery, joint problems, neurological and balance disorders, and many other conditions.

"This type of technology and the benefits it provides is part of our commitment to providing quality treatment and care to our patients and the community," said Jim Nichols, manager of rehabilitation services for Morton Plant Mease.

The controls are similar to other treadmills, beginning with the AlterG measuring body weight when the user presses start. By simply pressing the up/down arrows on the control panel, the user can decrease their body weight, with the air chamber inflating around their lower body so the air pressure literally "floats" them off the treadmill to the body weight setting they selected.

The AlterG treadmill at Morton Plant is one of only six AlterG treadmills in Florida, and Morton Plant is the only facility in the Tampa Bay Area - and the only hospital system in the state - offering the machine.

At Morton Plant, the AlterG has been used by everyone from a patient recovering from a compound leg fracture to high-level athletes such as Briana Whaley, women's winner of the 2011 Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K.

The AlterG also is open to the public through two monthly pricing plans: three weekly sessions of 45 minutes for $100; or four weekly sessions of 60 minutes for $200. There's also an option to purchase 10 sessions of 45 minutes for $225 that must be used within three months.

For more information, call (727) 953-9198.


About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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