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For Home Users
 
“It is marvelous product and I wish you well. Your mission is noble.”
Lesa M., child of post stroke user, New York City NY
 
There are so many who will walk again, if given the opportunity to do so!

 

 
Success Stories
 
It is time to take your life back.
Recovery is possible.
 
The most commonly reported goal that clients in rehabilitative programs report is to be able to walk again. In these video stories you will see how NEW therapy opportunities to walk again are increasing for many who are using the Second Step Gait Harness System -- even for those who have not walked in 5, 10 and 20+ years.  
 
These users and their caregivers believe that recovery is a better approach than adaptation to their illness or injury. Throughout our website, you will see how the GHS is different from everything else you have seen, increasing your rehabilitation and recovery opportunities with proven results, empowering both the caregiver and the user.
Traumatic Brain Injury

 

 
Knute- Walks again after 22 years -Taking the Road to Recovery
Knute was 11 years old when he experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury following an automobile accident. Knute had never walked since, as he was at high risk for falls. 22 years later, here begins his story. Knute is learning to walk again WITHOUT any braces or computerized assistance, safely with trained family/staff members. He began walking just a few steps; now, he is walking up to 800 feet per session. After 22 wheelchair bound years, he has come a long way in a short period of time, and, using the GHS, is making progress beyond anyone's expectations. While walking, he is improving the quality of his social communications with others, at an eye-to-eye level. Knute is proud to share his video showing his "dream come true!" He is proving when aiming high, anything is possible!
     

 

 
Knute- Part 2 - Holding onto his Dream 25 Years Later: Taking the Road to Recovery
As you know from Knute’s video above, he had a TBI resulting from a MVA from when he was just 11 years old. In the Second Step Gait Harness System, he experienced his first steps, walking for the first time in 22 years. Now 36 years old, Knute is walking over 1,000 feet per session! There is no end in sight for Knute's continued progress. He is improving, one step at a time, and is finding that all his consistent hard work is making his dream to walk again come true. This latest video shows Knute using the GHS with greater ease, increased drive, and much improved posture and endurance.
 
     

 

 
Knute- Part 3 - Recovering His Spirit, Changing His Life
This latest video update from Knute shows incredible progress in several areas. Knute has expanded into walking in all available hallways at his day center, transitioning back and forth between carpeting, linoleum tile, and rubberized flooring. Knute is walking 1,400 feet per 20 min.  session -- a 40% distance and endurance improvement in 11 months! He has increased his walking speed in the past 7 weeks from 48 ft./min. to 70 ft./min. Due to his increased strength and endurance, Knute has abandoned his former power scooter, and now uses a manual wheelchair when he isn't walking. As you will see in this video, Knute no longer requires transfer assistance into the GHS via 2-3 staff members and a mat table; he brings himself to standing, independently, straight up from his manual wheelchair. Knute continues to experience commensurate cognitive and psychological gains. He walks with such drive and determination, he has earned the affectionate nick name of "Knute the Brute" from staff, who admire his intense commitment and remark he shows the focus and persistence of a true athlete.  As always, Knute continues to be a inspiration to other program participants and their families!
     

 

 
Knute – Part 4 – 25 years later, TBI recovery advancing through exercise
Having experienced a severe TBI when just a child, Knute had been confined to a wheelchair, and not walked, for 22 years. Knute's most recent video highlights his creative and inspiring progress in the Gait Harness System II. Knute now transfers into the GHSII by bringing himself to stand, then rotates himself inside the System so he faces the open side. Knute says he is excited that he can experience more independence and options with walking and exercise, with no barriers between him and the world. Knute insisted upon beginning more challenging activities on his recovery track . Using the GHSII, you'll see him doing accelerated endurance work with resistance tubing and squats, building leg strength and stability. Knute is enjoying these more aggressive, athletic approaches to his recovery, including working on hand/eye coordination by engaging in ball catching and batting. Knute's most recent video shows him having fun. By using this personalized approach,  Knute is beginning to enjoy life more on his terms!
 
     

 

 
Robert- Walks Outdoors for the First Time since his TBI
Currently, Robert uses his Gait Harness System II at his residential adult foster home daily. Because the GHSII is portable and easy to move, Robert's caregiver staff takes the GHSII with Robert on grocery shopping and other errands, where he walks up and down the aisles freely. He also uses the GHSII in an innovative exercise program created by his foster home, structured around Taekwondo. Robert loves the freedom he feels being able to walk again out in the world, and gathers a crowd wherever he goes!
 
     

 

 
Robert - Part 2 – 1 year later, Robert makes astounding progress
Robert had been confined to a wheelchair, and not able to walk for over 13 years. 1 year after he began using the Gait Harness System, Robert is making progress beyond anyone's expectations. While walking, he is improving the quality of his social communications with others, at an eye-to-eye level. He enjoys using his GHS daily,  taking it outside daily to enjoy the fresh air and to spend time with family and friends.

 

 

     

 
Robert - Part 3 – Robert gets his life back walking outdoors in the Gait Harness System
Robert walked outdoors for 5 circuits around the building while he was attending the Brain Injury Association of Oregon Annual Conference in Oregon. The Gait Harness System has opened a whole new world of walking to Robert, and he spends as much time in the System every day as he can.

 

     

 
Robert – Part 4 – 2 years later, Robert walks every day
Robert had a severe TBI and did not walk for over 13 years. For the past two years, a highlight of every day is walking using the safety of the Second Step Gait Harness System. This is Robert attending the Brain Injury Alliance Conference of Oregon in March 2012. Robert enjoys showing others working through TBI's that walking again may be possible for them, to keep moving, and to never give up.

 

     

 
Carl - Taking Steps to Make Walking Possible Again after TBI and Stroke
8 years after his Traumatic Brain Injury, and 1 year after his CVA/Stroke, Carl beginning to walk again, indoors and outdoors, opens parts of his life which brings him joy and purpose. Greater independence, improved, healthy functioning and cognitive development happen through the activity of safe walking. Making daily walking a priority is important to Carl's recovery process.
 
Stroke/CVA - Cerebellar Degeneration

 
Joe – Former pilot makes Walking Again a reality after several strokes
A former airline pilot, Joe suffered from two strokes, one 20 years ago, and one recently. This is Joe's first attempt to walk down a hallway on his own. The Gait Harness System has a unique harness support that facilitates upright and centered posture for Joe's healthy recovery and core strengthening. He is standing tall again. Joe comments "normally if I try to walk by myself I lean to the right. This makes it possible for me to stand straight up. I'm standing straight up in this!" Joe is well on track for recovery, and pleased to actively doing so, more independently.
     

 

 
Donald – A Great Story: Veteran walking again after TBI, stroke, and fall related-fractures
Donald is veteran who served our country in active duty several years during the Korean War. Military stressors included a traumatic brain injury, PSTD, and shell fragment wounds following blast exposure, at which time he was jettisoned from his jeep. In the past several years, Donald has experienced a heart attack, a stroke, and multiple repeated rib, arm, hand and leg fractures resulting from falls. Increasing falls have led to multiple hospitalizations and increasingly protracted stays in residential skilled nursing facilities. Here you see Donald walk for the first time in 6 months after being bed-bound in a skilled nursing facility. We celebrated this wonderful accomplishment on Father’s Day, 2010. This is a great story, and just the start of seeing Donald improve after his injury and illnesses.
     

 

 
Donald – Part 2 – 2 months later, Walking Again following stroke
Six weeks ago, Donald took his first steps, after not  having  stood or walked in over 6 months.  He required a one person assist with transfer and ambulation.  You will  now observe Donald transferring into the Gait Harness System II  independently from the bedside, and walking through  multiple  halls  of his residential nursing facility, requiring no staff assistance.    In fact, he is walking so quickly, it is hard for staff to keep up with him! Donald is excited to be getting stronger each day, and is regaining his spirit. Obviously, Donald's  increasing mobility will allow him residential options outside of skilled nursing care.
     

 

 
Donald – Part 3 – 1 year later, celebrating Walking Again on his birthday
Donald celebrated wonderful success walking again on his birthday this year. It's been a year of combined great progress and of secondary medical complications. Donald loves being up and out of bed, and walks several times a week in his Gait Harness System. He has built a great deal of speed and finesse in using the Second Step Gait Harness System. Donald lives by his mantra that "every day I can get out of bed, and on my feet, is a good day!!!"
     

 

 
Marlene- Continued Progress brings her more Freedom at Home
The Gait Harness System is allowing Marlene, a woman with cerebellar degeneration and severe balance disturbance, to walk again.  Since she began using the System, she has increased her walking from 10 feet to 200 feet per session. This is greatly improving her strength and stamina, making chair and wheelchair transfers much easier for her.   Marlene says that "Using the Gait Harness System has been a life changing experience. It is allowing me to restore my ability and confidence. It’s hard work, but it’s good work. It’s great to feel my muscles again!"
     

 

 
Marlene- Part 2- Renewed Hope to Walk Again: Marlene Continues Finding Solutions
Marlene is making progress reaching her goal of learning to walk again, one day at a time. She is using the Gait Harness System two times per week in therapy. Marlene is now able to walk 250 feet per session, with more confidence and purpose. She is increasing her strength and control, which allows her to walk more independently. For Marlene, who has been living with severe balance disturbance and cerebellar degeneration, her progress has exceeded anyone's expectations.

 

     

 

 
Marlene – Part 3 – Regaining her Quality of Life
Marlene has been living with cerebellar degeneration and accompanying severe balance disturbance for several years. Since beginning therapy with the Gait Harness System II, she has gotten out of her wheelchair, and is up and walking again. Marlene is ready to work on re-learning daily living skills, while standing, to help her resume her day-to-day life. This video story shows Marlene thrilled to be back in the kitchen, facing the open side of the GHSII to put up dishes, practice sideways walking, washing her hands at the kitchen sink, and washing off a table. Using the GHSII in creative, practical ways like this opens Marlene's eyes to a whole new window of opportunities, parts of her life she has missed. She can spend extended times in the System, combining use between active, focused walking and doing day-to-day living tasks and pleasures...such as being able to stand to work on a high window mosaic which previously she could not reach. As Marlene says, "It takes concentration...it feels good! My legs aren't used to standing this long...I liked that!!"
     

 

 
David - Home Users find Recovery  
David suffered from a stroke and then severe muscle atrophy in his legs. He began using the Gait Harness System at the end of 2008. Within 12 weeks he went from walking 20 feet to walking 240 feet each session. David uses the Gait Harness System twice per week, and is very proud of his progress. This video story shows how clinical hallways can become 2-lane, active therapy corridors. Notice how the caregiver and user have the room and freedom to walk safely. The caregiver and the user have great control and easy maneuverability over the GHS, without having to wrestle with awkward, heavy or resistant equipment. You can see David glides smoothly down the hallway, without intense effort.
 
In the 10 months since this video was filmed, David reports that due to his weekly use of the Gait Harness System, he has progressed right out of using the GHS! He is currently using just a cane for partial walking assistance.  David commented that prior to beginning use of the GHS, he was entirely wheelchair bound, and wasn't able to walk at all. He is delighted at his new freedom and independence.

 

Spinal Cord Injury - Amputation
     

 

 
Amy- New Freedom Found from Walking Again using Second Step
3 years ago, Amy suffered a T-11 spinal cord injury following a MVA.  Her local doctor and therapist told her she would never walk again. Amy had different plans! She began using the Second Step Gait Harness System at a serious spinal cord injury recovery center. Within 9 months, you can see the progress she has made. Amy now has her own Gait Harness System at home, and uses it daily to go for walks outside with her boyfriend. Amy is highly motivated, and is determined to recover.
     

 
Norman- Saves his Leg, and Walks Again
Norman walks again after failed back surgery, and secondary complications which lead to a scheduled surgery to amputate his leg. He also needed an additional diagnosis and treatment in the area of his C-spine. Norman traveled 65 miles to physical therapy, every day. He has advanced beyond the expectations of his MD, DPM and his orthotist in under 1 month. Norman has so improved lower extremity function that the amputation was not only cancelled, he is able to walk again. His therapy involved ambulation in the Gait Harness System (GHS) with his RGO (reciprocating gait orthosis) for 45 minutes a session. Norman progressed from 5 minute sessions in the parallel bars to 45 minutes in GHS in just 1 week. After 6 weeks of therapy, he had significant improvements in lower extremity circulation, muscle mass strength, bone density and cardiovascular studies, including a lowering of his cholesterol and a reduction in his hypertension. Norman's story shows that hope is alive...and is living proof of how someone can move from being wheelchair confined, and looking at a future filled with challenges related to an amputation, to resuming an independent life. Walking, and recovery, are possible!
     

 

 
Lisa- Overcoming Obstacles
Ten years, two children, Lisa is closer than ever to achieving her goal of walking again. Lisa is a C8 tetraplegic, ASIA A, status post MVA 10 years ago. After her injury, she was told she would never walk- or even stand-again. But with resilience, and the opportunity to use the GHS in conjunction with her bilateral KAFOs, she is proving her physicians and therapists wrong.  She attends therapy 3 x wk, 3 hours per session. Lisa uses bilateral carbon fiber stance control KAFOs and a GHS. The two products work together to provide Lisa the opportunity to safely ambulate with a natural reciprocating gait pattern.  Since her accident, she has regained some movement and sensation below the level of her injury, much occurring since she started in the SCI program. Lisa has purchased a GHS to be used at home along with the braces.  Her husband assists her with a sit to stand into the GHS. Her home therapy program includes neuromuscular E-Stim of all major muscle groups below the lesion level every other day, and standing in the KAFOs and GHS to work on endurance, pre-gait and gait activities. Lisa spends her free time volunteering, donating self employment income to SCI programs, and keeping up with her two young boys’ school and recreational lives.
     

 

 
Greg - Exercise Reactivates Reorganization in Chronic Brain Injury 
Greg  experienced a closed head injury about year ago.  His video is an example of how good therapy seeks novel applications of new and current rehabilitation paradigms to stimulate, irritate and reactivate the impaired central nervous system. Greg's activity here is creative, complex, and involves in-depth cognitive processing. 

 

Memory Care - Alzheimer's - Parkinson's
     

 

 
Mary Ann- Making Walking Again a Reality After a Stroke
After suffering from a stroke, Mary Ann lost her ability to stand and walk. She was able to begin taking just a few steps (using the Second Step Gait Harness System) two years ago, once a week. Mary Ann's continued therapy goals have focused on her consistent use of the GHS. Over time, this has allowed her to now comfortably walk over 100 feet each session, with continued hope for better days. So far, this approach has brought success and opened doors for new opportunities for her increasing recovery.

 

     

 

 
Mary Ann- Part 2 - Walking through Memory Care
Mary Ann currently walks in the Gait Harness System at her day center's Memory Care Unit. When asked if she wants to get out of her wheelchair and try walking, she says "yes, I want to walk for miles!" Mary Ann is very proud of being able to do standing transfers into the GHS, commenting that she enjoys "standing up short." This video shows you the ease of transfers into and out of the GHS, and how the user can easily take rest stops as required. Mary Ann is consistently walking 100 ft. per session, focusing on maintaining her best possible healthy functioning, while working through issues of chronic back pain and a memory impairment disorder. Each day, Mary Ann brings a smile and cheerful words to everyone around her!

 

Orthopedic

 
Jim-Getting Back on Your Feet
Recovery is closer than it seems for many people. Using the Second Step Gait Harness System for resistive and assistive therapy, Jim was pleased to find his recovery after a stroke and a knee replacement got him back on his feet again. Jim was able to address his balance and weakness issues safely and productively, and has resumed his hobbies and active lifestyle.

 

In the context of the continuing and escalating need for rehabilitative therapy for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological, lower extremity amputation, and stroke populations, these stories offer hope that there is opportunity for recovery. You have seen concrete examples of how using the GHS in therapy has made walking again possible for many.

Do you or a loved one use the Gait Harness System? If so, click here to tell us your story.

It's about WALKING AGAIN

No problem is too big…if the right people, with the right treatment, and the right System, go at it the right way

:: HOME USERS :: CLINICIANS :: VETERANS

 

 

 

 

 

 

….. renewed hope of recovery
“Your videos of brain injured folks, like my son, using the GHS brings tears to my eyes because it reminds us to never give up and to keep trying new things.”
Bonnie P., parent of user, Eugene OR
 
.....healthy opportunities for recovery
 “Just this morning the Gait Harness System was bringing some amazement and tears to staff members as a student used it successfully.”
David Cacciatore, Physical Therapist, Lane School, Houston TX

 

…..keeping therapists & patients safe
 “Patients cannot fall using the GHS as the harness is designed to support their full body weight if necessary.  No walker or cane can compare to the safety of this System.”
Nicole Prieto-Lewis, Director of the Gait and Balance Laboratory, Gainesville VA, Gainesville FL
 

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At Second Step, Inc. we specialize in helping people walk and stand again. Our product line includes:

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You may contact us at:

steffani@secondstepinc.com, secondstepinc.com, 541.337.5790, 941.545.7580,877.299.7837