Testimonials & Success Stories
Stroke Survivor Testimonials
“…happy to be on my feet again.”
I served our country, active duty, during the Korean War. After badly healed fractures in my leg, my ribs, and my arm kept me in bed at a nursing home for six months, I was told I shouldn’t expect to walk again. Well, they don’t know me! I’m a competitive guy. This is me, resting after my first day walking after those six months, happy to be on my feet again. Six weeks later, I’m a lot stronger, and I’m walking so fast up and down all the hallways at the home, the staff can’t keep up with me!
Donald D., veteran and post stroke, TBI & orthopedic survivor, Eugene OR
I am absolutely excited that your product is within my reach. Thank you for all that you’re doing for those that need this amazing opportunity to improve the quality of their lives (like mine). I am also very happy to think of all the smiles you deliver with each product shipment! I am very excited about your product for the opportunity it will give me.
I am only 58 years old, post stroke. I was told I’d never walk again or have any movement on the left side, and I proved them wrong. I’m determined to make as full of a recovery as I can. Never will I stop fighting to get my life back and I believe that the second step is an essential weapon in my fight against the odds. I feel as though some prayers were answered when my son found you on the internet. I know this equipment will get me one, two, three, steps closer to my freedom, to my life, to the day when I walk out of that nursing home and never look back. This equipment I know will save my life, end my physical limitations, stop my weight gain, and gift me with a bright and happy future. Thanks for giving me new hope and new faith.
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“The Gait Harness System has changed my life completely.”
The Gait Harness System has changed my life completely. I have been using the GHS for about 3 years. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I was afraid I could fall or collapse on the ground, like I would with a walker. But the GHS wasn’t like a walker; it makes walking a whole lot easier. It helps the joints in my legs, relieves pressure points from sitting down all day in a wheelchair and it helps me be able to walk during PT. I even used the GHS to walk down the aisle on my wedding day. If I used it at home, I would be able to succeed further and faster. If I could use it every day, I would use it, in a heartbeat. If anybody in my situation could use this every day, I am sure they would heal and strive and want to get better instead of sitting in the chair all day. I promote people to use it. Thanks for designing this equipment for people like me to strive and to be at our top game. I just can’t thank you guys enough. God Bless.
Josh N., C6/7 SCI survivor, Pinckney MI
Going back into an inpatient setting & doing Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, intuitively, feels like going backward. I believe at home physical therapy with the GHS makes so much more sense from a functional improvement stance.
I’m able to stand and walk using the Second Step with the help of my trainer. Strength in my upper body, trunk control and my sitting posture has improved a great deal.
My methodology is using my overhead lift to transfer me into the Second Step, then to lower me to where my elbows are on the top framework and my feet start to load. With this configuration, I can load my entire body weight or just a fraction of it, as needed. The Second Step gives me the platform for balance and a place to put my elbows and arms so I can assist my legs. I could not make this transition without the Second Step! I have a standing frame and we use that, but that provides additional support and does not allow the virtual natural standing that I’m able to do with the Second Step. My legs are getting stronger and I’m doing typically many flex-and-extend exercises with my knees, along with working constantly on chin down, shoulders back, posture, etc. I am extremely pleased.
I am a T12/L1 paraplegic. I found the Gait Harness System on the internet after I couldn’t find anything like it here in Europe. The GHS has helped me a great deal in rehab, I can easily move it from rehab back and forth to my home.
I can walk with KAFO’s around the track using the Second Step GHS and with little assistance from my trainer along with crawling forwards, backwards, and side to side. I’m making progress with my stability along with increasing my upper body strength. If it weren’t for this program, I don’t think I’d be doing the unbelievable things I was told I would never do again.
The Second Step Gait Harness System has helped me tremendously. I have tried body weight support treadmill training, with both an overhead lift and with the Lokomat. I’ve also tried the Litegait. I’ve also combined the Lokomat with the GHS and the latest therapy from the Rehab Institute of Michigan. What the GHS allowed me to do is walk at my own pace, with or without assistance. It allowed me to fully weight bear and with little to no discomfort, unlike every other harness. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious benefits, like endurance cardio.
After my accident, I was told I would never walk again, but I never gave up hope! This is my first day up. It feels so wonderful to stand! Two years after her accident, Joyce shows that standing and walking again is finally possible using the Second Step Gait Harness System. She is “excited to get back to my happy and wonderful life!”
I was told I would never walk again. I feel more stable in the Second Step GHS because I don’t have to worry about moving my hands. If you misplace your hands in the parallel bars or a walker you are going to fall. With the GHS I don’t worry about my hands–the equipment moves around with me. I can be upright, use my hip flexors and extensors much more and can focus on what my feet are doing and when to take steps. If your walker tips, you tip–whereas the Second Step can’t tip, it holds you in place. I used some equipment before which felt like I was ‘part of it’ versus it being part of me and it didn’t work well. The Second Step works better and helps me with a more fluid walk. It’s very adjustable and extremely helpful. The GHS can get me to community level walking a lot faster than a standard walker would. It allows you to do more on your own. I may not walk like you but even being able to get upright and walking a little bit changes everything for me.
I’ve been through 5 clinics, years of different PT and tried multiple types of devices. I have worked with the Second Step Gait Harness System more than 1 time at more than 1 clinic. I’ve seen more than one person that the Second Step has helped. Each time it enabled me to push my boundaries and get me back out in everyday living. It gave me confidence, most of all. The weight bearing feels great after sitting down for a lot of time. I could never take my walker and walk 1000 feet, but with the Second Step I definitely can. The GHS is stable and strengthened me in places I couldn’t get to with other equipment. It’s about people taking the adversity, using it as something good and going towards a goal to be better. You just have to find the path to get you where you want to be.
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