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Complete Mobility Rehabilitation for Stroke Survivors

Thousands of victims of strokes and acquired brain injuries are routinely thrust into wheelchairs, then sent on their way with the message they will never walk again. Traditionally, treatment has focused on adaption, or learning to live with resulting impairments, but current thought is looking at the opportunity for effective recovery.  For stroke survivors facing an extreme loss of mobility after the first initial month or two of rehabilitation, the Gait Harness System might be the ideal solution for recovery.

The GHS functions in a unique way, allowing a disabled individual to remain safe and supported upright while regaining both essential trunk/core strength and function in their legs. This allows a stroke survivor to undertake all the activities of physical therapy from the standing position. Research shows this method of therapy is more effective than other techniques, such as a body weight-supported treadmill or robotic-assistive step training.

Patterned, repetitive walking activities over-ground optimize the user's ability to self-repair their own nervous system, and recover function. With practice, things do get better. Using the right tool perfects the practice.

The GHS has a height adjustable forearm support top, and multi-directional steering and braking casters (useful for early ambulation stages and extra support).  These casters also allow for both indoor and some outdoor use so survivors may engage in therapy in more natural, enriched environments.

Transfers into and out of the System may be done from a standing position, a seated position (wheelchair) or from a supine position (bedside).  The Gait Harness itself is designed with no impingement in the groin area, so the user only feels support in the trunk area (via the horizontal suspension system) when standing or walking.

When at rest, they will sit in a semi-seated position, and bear secondary weight through the thigh. All GHS models have a spring loaded braking system at the front base. When the user rests, the System will simply "park" on the floor.

Because of the ease of use, the GHS is often used by stroke survivors at home, allowing the user to practice in their own personal space, where they are most comfortable. Because consumers feel comfortable with the GHS, they are better able to focus on walking, rather than not falling.

By: David Dubats, President of Second Step and inventor of the Gait Harness System

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"Patterned, repetitive walking activities over-ground optimize the user's ability to self-repair their own nervous system, and recover function."

Hope For Survivors

Strokes affect people of all ages. Over the years, the Gait Harness System has helped many consumers, caregivers, and therapists working through a broad spectrum of post stroke challenges. Their stories are real, inspiring, and life changing.

Their stories are woven together with one common thread: the consumer had an inability to stand and walk alone; a strong motivation to recover quality of life, personal dignity, and independence; a dedicated caregiver support team; and purchase of a GHS helped them safely and effectively begin the work of learning to walk again.

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