How is the GHS DIfferent?

Solution focused. Client-centered.

How is the GHS DIfferent?

The options can seem overwhelming. We’ll make it simple for you.

The Gait Harness System provides superior comfort, features, safety, and ease of use.

Product ComparisonSecond Step Gait Harness SystemRifton Gait Trainer with Bike/Groin SaddleLiteGait Overhead Suspension with Groin Sling/Straps
How is client supported within frame?Padded Gait Harness thoracic & pelvic/hip supportGroin “bike seat” saddle between legsOverhead with between legs, fabric groin sling, and straps
Horizontal suspension support through trunkChest positioner optionVertical suspension up through lower abdomen, hip, and groin
Additional support through thigh cuffsKnee prompt optionHands grip handles
Arms and hands rest on forearm support topHands grip arm/hand prompt
No pelvic or groin pressure
Offers S, M, and L standard sizes
Offers special sizes
Requires positioners
Max client weight375 lb250 lb.300 lb.
Max client height6’7″ – 6’8″6’0″ – 6’1″6’6″
Forearm supportOptional
Transport in SUV
Max equipment width31″31.5″35″ – 39″
Stainless steel frameAluminumUnknown
Commercial grade
FDA registeredUnknownUnknown
100% Made in USA
Warranty on defectLifetime1 Year1 Year
Overground training
Treadmill training
Client can face open, closed, or sideways
Primarily for adult clients
Client-controlled and activated safety brakes
Foot-actuated casters
Inline and 360 movement
Indoor and Outdoor useUnknown
Works with FES and leg bracingUnknownUnknown
Ships fully assembled
All padding removable for launderingUnknown

Solution focused. Client-centered.

The Gait Harness System (GHS) was created as a solution to the problem of helping a client comfortably and safely learn to stand again and walk again after experiencing disabling illness or injury.

The GHS is unlike any ambulatory aid. It combines the features of a standing frame, standing walker, stander, walking frame, walker, and gait trainer into a single efficient, functional, streamlined, and modern design.

No other system provides the same combination of therapeutic advantages, features, safety, and ease of use.

We have a track record. Clients are finding greater success working toward their standing and walking again recovery goals using the Gait Harness System (GHS).

You have a choice

You, your loved one, or your client didn’t choose to have a stroke, become ill, or get injured.

However, you can choose what therapy equipment to acquire, and what action plan to make to move your standing and walking again rehabilitation forward.

Studies show that patients perceive ambulatory devices as extensions of their own bodies. Patients favor equipment which is aesthetically and tastefully designed.

Support from Researchers & Practitioners

We share more testimonials, more videos, and more case studies than any other standing frame, walking frame, standing walker or gait trainer product company.

Practitioners and researchers are happy to share their experiences with us, which can be read to the right.

Dr. Loren L. Latta, Ph.D., P.E. University of Miami

The Second Step Gait Harness has more locations and improved design for manual support by the therapists to patient. It is well padded and covers a much larger area of the body at its interface to provide greater comfort during major mechanical support. It has the potential of use for static postural support through static stabilizers. The therapists report that this device is useful in gait training, passive standing support, and for transfer activities for wheelchair bound patients. The advantages of this device over other belts most commonly used by therapists are: improve the comfort of the patient or resident, improve the safety for the resident, improve the security of body positioning by passive or active support, help the therapists manipulate the patient better, make the resident feel secure, and provided the therapists with the ability to maintain their patient or residents upright posture with manual support for the resident.

Dr. Robert Andres, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomic Engineering, Inc., Pelham MA

The Gait Harness provides many advantages over other techniques for assisting with manual transfers of residents. These advantages include the distribution of contact forces on the resident and the availability of handles that will not shift during a transfer. The device certainly offers greater control of an ambulating resident when being assisted by a nursing aide.

Dr. Richard K. Shields, P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA at the American Physical Therapy Association CSM, 2003

Use of a gait training device, such as the Second Step, provided an individual with incomplete spinal cord injury the opportunity to walk with partial support of body weight without utilizing the more expensive suspended treadmill systems. Over-ground walking with this device may be facilitating the use of Central Pattern Generators for improved reciprocal gait ability. The results of this study have important practical and economic implications for the therapist designing a rehabilitation program for individuals with SCI.

Dr. Loren L. Latta, Ph.D., P.E.., Director/President Upwelling Foundation at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL

The Second Step Gait Harness has more locations and improved design for manual support by the therapists to patient. It is well padded and covers a much larger area of the body at its interface to provide greater comfort during major mechanical support. It has the potential of use for static postural support through static stabilizers. The therapists report that this device is useful in gait training, passive standing support, and for transfer activities for wheelchair bound patients. The advantages of this device over other belts most commonly used by therapists are: improve the comfort of the patient or resident, improve the safety for the resident, improve the security of body positioning by passive or active support, help the therapists manipulate the patient better, make the resident feel secure, and provided the therapists with the ability to maintain their patient or residents upright posture with manual support for the resident.

Gennifer H., Director of Rehab, LifeHOUSE San Diego, San Diego CA

Yay! We’ve unpacked it already, can’t wait to begin using it.

Kandice Kinney, ATC/R, NASM – CES, Director of Therapy, ADAPT Training, Beaverton OR

One of our clients has decided to bring their Second Step Gait Harness System to our facility and we have had the opportunity to use it—it is amazing!

Joe Mitchell, Financial Aid Center for Long Term Care, Inc., Grants Pass OR

The Gait Harness System is a truly marvelous device that could no doubt help thousands of people actually regain their mobility, not just spend the rest of their lives being pushed around in a wheel chair or riding on a scooter.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

Margaret Giannini M.D., F.A.A.P, Director, Office on Disability, Health and Human Services, Washington DC

The Second Step program is most creative. It provides much-needed rehabilitation support for individuals with disabilities in long-term care facilities. Wishing you every success.

Carlos Lima MD, Department of Neurology, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal

I am suggesting my patients get a Second Step GHS device to them, because we know that over-ground training gives the best recovery results.

Dennis Yeichi, OTR/L, Irvine CA

You are AWESOME! On behalf of J. and his mom, THANKS! J. continues to use the Second Step as part of his maintenance program. I have to say your product, after all these years, has required minimal costs to maintain! Thanks so much for such terrific customer support for your product! Better than Nordstrom’s!

Lisa Stevens, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, Brain and Spine Recovery Center, Brackenridge Hospital, Austin TX

The Second Step system allows earlier ambulation of stroke and other neurologically compromised patients by creating a virtually fall-free environment. While it may still take two or even three therapy staff in the most involved cases, initiating stepping as early as possible is critical to ultimately achieving functional gait. With the framework and the harness, I was able to move straight to standing and limited gait instead of being stuck in transfer training for the first day or two. It makes the process possible from the bedside, which allowed the staff members to work without a dedicated gym space when necessary.

Gabrielle M., Director of Rec. Services, Genesis HealthCare, Baltimore MD

I’ve worked as the director of recreation services for a skilled nursing facility for 25 years. I am very impressed with how you have designed a piece of equipment that both supports the patient and allows the patient to ambulate. You should be proud of yourselves.

Linda Horn, PT, NCS, Inpatient PT Coordinator, St. Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore MD

When properly secured in the GHS, the resident is completely supported, without need for caregiver assistance. Mobility activities can be performed relatively hands-free. The resident’s confidence is restored, which can be a huge barrier removed. The therapist is now able to fine-tune the resident’s mobility and address weakness and other gait deviations.

Ester Valazquez, MSPT, HealthSouth Rehabilitation, Tampa FL

In 5 years of on-again/off-again rehabilitation, one resident failed to develop independent ambulation to cover even short distances. With integrating the GHS into the treatment regimen, this resident made tremendous progress in independence, ambulating over 200-300 feet.

K. Thornton PT, Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls MT

My client is an 18-year-old who experienced a TBI last year resulting from a shooting accident. He used LiteGait and complained about discomfort in the groin area with that equipment. He is very happy with the GHS and decided to purchase one for home use.

Gillian Medieros, OTR/L, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill MA

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down. Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter. Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. It was an amazing moment. It was unbelievable. We were blown away.

Mark A., PTA, Newport OR

I just finished reading your “About Us” page on your website. What an awesome contribution you’ve made to humanity! As a PTA, I look forward to having the opportunity to assist rehabilitation using your most innovative GHS. It is truly a pleasure to meet someone with your sense of vision and awareness of others.

Joseph Millen, PT, MTC Program of Excellence Coordinator SORS, Palm Harbor FL

We have treated patients with vestibular disorders, gait abnormalities, CVA, post-op THR, TKR, post amputee, TBI, and patients with a variety of lower extremity balance and coordination problems. Patients with mental dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s Disease can be safely and securely ambulated to provide important health benefits while maintaining a minimal risk to the patient, attending aide, or therapist.

Dru M., Physiotherapist, Queensland Australia

I have a client with a brain stem injury who’s spent 16 years in a wheelchair. I couldn’t find the right equipment on the web. Then voila! Yesterday a colleague said he’d found it. I think he’s right. My client has watched the videos and is excited. It looks like the GHS will really get him moving. We are really pleased to have found your website and are glad you can help.

E. Wilzbacher, MS, Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Clinical Director, NeuroRestorative, Lexington KY

The GHS is awesome!! It has been amazing to watch our clients use it! Our PT is very satisfied with it.

William Thornton, MPT, Lead Physical Therapist, The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery®, Rehab Institute of Michigan, Detroit MI

The harness used in the GHS directs supportive forces (or fall recovery forces) through a much larger surface area on both thighs. Other, over-head harnesses direct these forces through the sensitive pubic area, which often leads to decreased treatment time and intensity.

William Thornton MPT, Level 11 Physical Therapy Clinics founder, Holly MI

I have a group of patients at a facility who were all told they would never walk again—after using the Gait Harness System, only two now use a wheelchair as their primary locomotion. I use the GHS daily with almost all my patients. I have had great success using the GHS with and without braces with tetras and paras of all levels. The unique harness is extremely comfortable, works very well with the braces, and reduces the number of seated rest breaks with any standing activity. The GHS allows for reinforcement of newly learned gait patterns, in a real-world situation. The GHS has allowed our program to be very challenging, efficient, and safe at the same time. Many of the higher level activities would require two or three staff members if it were not for the GHS. I cannot say enough about the ease of use and its ability to reduce the fear of falling.

Michael Haynes PT, Manager of the Brain and Spine Recovery Center, Brackenridge Hospital, Austin TX

We utilize the GHS with most of our SCI patients. Mainly with long leg braces, but we do have some clients who are becoming more ambulatory and it really helps establish a more normal gait pattern. We are having a lot of success utilizing this equipment.

M. Rosalia Arellano MSPT, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Department, San Diego CA

The GHS has helped me develop more techniques that have improved the way we treat a variety of patients. The combination of the GHS frame and supportive harness and thigh straps allow me to progress a patient from a very low level up to higher level gait training and more advanced physical activities. The big benefit of the GHS is that it allows me to do all activities in a very, very safe environment for myself and the patient. The GHS will not allow the patient to fall. It allows the patient to “take a break,” by just sitting down in a relaxed position without me needing to transfer them to a chair or mat table or have myself or a second person drag a wheelchair behind. The patient is completely secure. Since nearly all of my work is without an aide, the GHS is like another set of hands and probably provides just as much safety as an aide would. It probably paid for itself within a few months of use.

Guy Brock, Director of Rehab/Sleep Center/EEG, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA

I have found the GHS really useful with clients on both the psychological and physical level. It’s made a huge difference with clients for whom other types of equipment have not worked, and with clients who haven’t been willing to work with any other type of equipment because of a fear of falling. It’s uplifting to see clients no longer have the fear of falling and be willing to do therapy. Clients who were hard to work with are now very motivated, and the staff is also motivated to help them. Many of these clients have never been able to successfully ambulate prior to using the GHS.

Joe Mitchell, Financial Aid Center for Long Term Care, Inc., Grants Pass OR

The Gait Harness System is a truly marvelous device that could no doubt help thousands of people actually regain their mobility, not just spend the rest of their lives being pushed around in a wheel chair or riding on a scooter.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

Margaret Giannini M.D., F.A.A.P, Director, Office on Disability, Health and Human Services, Washington DC

The Second Step program is most creative. It provides much-needed rehabilitation support for individuals with disabilities in long-term care facilities. Wishing you every success.

Carlos Lima MD, Department of Neurology, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal

I am suggesting my patients get a Second Step GHS device to them, because we know that over-ground training gives the best recovery results.

E. King, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

I have a 40-year-old male patient who sustained a TBI in 1994. He and his family were educated in the proper set-up and application of the GHS, and a request was made to have a unit shipped to Tennessee for patient to use in the home for continuity of care and continued functional training. This patient has high needs for mobility assistance and is in the GHS approximately 6x/week at this time. Without the GHS, he would not have ambulating opportunities.

A. Flood, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

One of my veteran clients, who has a lower extremity amputation, lives in a rural area in South Carolina and inconsistently received therapy services at home. We helped the family get a GHS for them to work on his ambulation at home once he was discharged.

Nicole Prieto-Lewis, Director of the Gait and Balance Research Laboratory, Gainesville VA, Gainesville FL

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.

Dennis Yeichi, OTR/L, Irvine CA

You are AWESOME! On behalf of J. and his mom, THANKS! J. continues to use the Second Step as part of his maintenance program. I have to say your product, after all these years, has required minimal costs to maintain! Thanks so much for such terrific customer support for your product! Better than Nordstrom’s!

Gabrielle M., Director of Rec. Services, Genesis HealthCare, Baltimore MD

I’ve worked as the director of recreation services for a skilled nursing facility for 25 years. I am very impressed with how you have designed a piece of equipment that both supports the patient and allows the patient to ambulate. You should be proud of yourselves.

Linda Horn, PT, NCS, Inpatient PT Coordinator, St. Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore MD

When properly secured in the GHS, the resident is completely supported, without need for caregiver assistance. Mobility activities can be performed relatively hands-free. The resident’s confidence is restored, which can be a huge barrier removed. The therapist is now able to fine-tune the resident’s mobility and address weakness and other gait deviations.

Ester Valazquez, MSPT, HealthSouth Rehabilitation, Tampa FL

In 5 years of on-again/off-again rehabilitation, one resident failed to develop independent ambulation to cover even short distances. With integrating the GHS into the treatment regimen, this resident made tremendous progress in independence, ambulating over 200-300 feet.

K. Thornton PT, Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls MT

My client is an 18-year-old who experienced a TBI last year resulting from a shooting accident. He used LiteGait and complained about discomfort in the groin area with that equipment. He is very happy with the GHS and decided to purchase one for home use.

Gillian Medieros, OTR/L, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill MA

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down. Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter. Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. It was an amazing moment. It was unbelievable. We were blown away.

Debbie Pitsch, PT, Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto CA

The GHS promotes a faster gait velocity, which is difficult to do with over-ground ambulation. I have found benefits using the GHS with amputee patients, who are fearful of falling, as it can promote less dependence on the parallel bars. I have observed the Gait Harness System may reduce anxiety and fear of falling, and improve motivation.

Accessible engineering design

The Gait Harness System is designed for the client who wants a real-world surface, progressive over-ground training (OGT). It is not comparable to any other standing frame, walking frame, standing walker, stander, body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT), overhead ceiling track system or gait trainer product. Those products may serve different (or more limited) purposes in therapy, and/or be intended for a different recovery tier level or patient audience.

Body positioning should promote proper posture and maximum outcomes for the patient. Devices which limit the client’s range of motion with permanently attached seats, slings, narrow frames and extra hardware can limit a patient’s effectiveness in ambulation therapy. Such devices can also cause injury to the patient in the case of a stumble or fall.

Our clients report the GHS is far easier, and more comfortable to use, than therapy equipment products which support the client via over-head suspension slings, groin straps, groin high leg cuffs, a bicycle/saddle or a firm seated surface.

  • Note how the GHS frame encircles the client, and a sturdy harness stabilizes the client within the frame. The client is supported in the Gait Harness, a thoracic support combined with pelvic and hip support, via four adjustable support straps
  • The forearm support frame adjusts vertically for patients of different heights, providing the client a comfortable place to rest their arms in a relaxed position
  • The front padded bumper prevents damage to walls and furniture and provides the client a place to rest their feet
  • The GHS is the only System which has an additional security feature of a client-controlled, automatic weight-activated braking system, bringing the client to a complete halt if they stumble or need a rest break
  • The Gait Harness can be donned while the client is supine, standing, or seated
  • The GHS accommodates client transfers to and from hospital bedside, mat table, wheelchair, powerchair, or seated surface

The Second Step Gait Harness: at the center of it all

Practitioners, caregivers, and clients come to us looking for a harness, and a support system, which is less intrusive, more comfortable, and encourages proper body movement over ground.

Our clients tell us the Gait Harness support is the most comfortable harness on the market. More comfort increases therapy time and encourages patient compliance, leading to better functional outcomes.

Ask yourself: is the harness you are considering comfortable, safe, and versatile? Where are the contact areas and pressure points?

Do your research

Research concludes body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and robotic assistive step training (RAST) do not replicate the lower extremity biomechanics of walking over ground, have not proven superior to exercise and progressive over-ground training (OGT), and offer no greater opportunity for motor learning than thoughtful OGT.

Frequently, practitioners, caregivers, and clients come to us after they have used BWSTT in a clinic, where they have been dissatisfied with the results. They report the client tends to slump forward when removed from BWSTT, and that walking over a treadmill, or being suspended from overhead sling, is unnatural and/or confining.

Slings have been shown to increase skin pressure on a patient’s sensitive areas and can create pressure ulcers. Clients may complain that the slings used in BWSTT are uncomfortable in the client’s groin area, and that the slings have generated skin tears. Straps or strips of fabric suspended beneath the client’s groin pose the potential for injury in case of a slip or a fall.

Because BWSTT allows the client to remain in more fixed, passive orientation, muscles which are weakened, but which are critical to core strengthening and posture, may be ignored. The weakness becomes evident when the client is put into a real-world environment which requires dynamic, non-robotic assistive movement.

Research shows that trainers of patients involved with BWSTT and robotics cannot easily judge how engaged each patient remains during practice sessions. The belt or robotic keeps moving and the hands of therapists or the motors of devices keep churning, even when the patient does not concentrate, self-assess, and put themselves into a state to learn. Inattention may be easier to spot with OGT.

Challenges with overhead suspension safety harnesses

Over-head aluminum track and trolleys, mounted to the ceiling, may not be ideal for the patient. Over-head track systems are designed for restricted environments and do not transition well to home use. The patient’s movement is limited to how far they can walk on the track leash, constricting practical use, with compromised weight bearing and restricted movement.

The safety harness design typical of over-head suspension systems typically supports the client through high groin straps which can cause injury. Suspension trauma can occur if the patient is left suspended in an upright posture with legs dangling.

Research shows that when a person is suspended upright with legs dangling, safety harness straps exert pressure on leg veins, compressing them and reducing blood flow back to the heart, which can lead to life-threatening loss of consciousness.

Challenges with bicycle/saddle and firm seat support

When using bicycle/saddle seat support, the client is prevented from standing in a normal body posture and vertical orientation. The saddle creates an obstacle between the client’s legs, which can discourage free, natural movement.

Bicycle/saddle seats can also put increased pressure on the tailbone and into the sensitive groin area, causing discomfort to the client and shortening therapy time.

Prolonged high pressure and mechanical forces over the client’s bony prominences, as the client sits on a firm seated surface/saddle seat, can cause localized tissue breakdown in the skin and adjacent tissues, leading to pressure ulcers over time.​

Should Body Weight–Supported Treadmill Training and Robotic-Assistive Steppers for Locomotor Training Trot Back to the Starting Gate?

Bruce H. Dobkin MD, Pamela W. Duncan, PT, PhD
https://www.secondstepinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/00c642_b2c14e6f51d240d4abb73078ae20b1da.pdf
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1545968312439687

Conclusion: BWSTT and robotic assistive step training (RAST) do not replicate the lower extremity biomechanics of walking over ground, have not proven superior to exercise and progressive OGT, and offer no greater opportunity for motor learning than thoughtful over-ground physical therapy. BWSTT and RAST should not be provided routinely to disabled, vulnerable persons in place of OGT outside of a scientifically conducted efficacy trial.

Pressure ulcer risk of patient handling sling use.

Matthew J. Peterson, PhD; Julie A. Kahn, MS; Michael V. Kerrigan, MS; Joseph M. Gutmann, MD; Jeffrey J. Harrow, MD, PhD
Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL; Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA; Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, San Antonio, TX
https://www.secondstepinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/jrrd-2014-06-0140.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237005

Conclusion: The anatomical areas most at risk while participants were suspended in seated slings were the posterior upper and lower thighs. For supine slings, the perisacral area, ischial tuberosities, and greater trochanters were most at risk. The duration of time spent in slings, especially while suspended, should be limited.

Do Lift Slings Significantly Change the Efficacy of Therapeutic Support Surfaces? A National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel White Paper

David Brienza, Michelle Deppisch, Carroll Gillespie, Margaret Goldberg, Paula Gruccio, Rosalyn Jordan, Charles Lachenbruch, Susan Logan, Dianne Mackey, Cynthia Sylvia, Kristen Thurman
http://www.npuap.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/NPUAP-Lift-Sling-White-Paper-March-2015.pdf

Conclusion: Healthcare clinicians for each individual patient must critically review the impact, both the risk and the benefit, of leaving a sling beneath a patient.

References
Kalisch BJ, Landstrom G, Williams RA. Missed nursing care: errors of omission. Nurse Outlook. 2009 Jan-Feb; 57(1):3-9.
Kalisch, BJ and Lee, KH. Missed nursing care: Magnet versus non-Magnet hospitals. Nursing Outlook 2012 Sep-Oct; 60(5): e32-9 Retrieved from http://www.nursingoutlook.org

Will Your Safety Harness Kill You?

Bill Weems, Phil Bishop, University of Alabama. Occupational Health & Safety magazine
http://www.elcosh.org/document/1662/d000568/Will%2BYour%2BSafety%2BHarness%2BKill%2BYou%253F.html?show_text=1

Summary: Explains the dangers of staying in a safety harness after a fall and discusses procedures to avoid injury or death from this situation.

References
Seddon, Paul. Harness Suspension: review and evaluation of existing information. Health and Safety Executive. Research Report 451/2002. 104 pp.
Research concludes body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and robotic assistive step training (RAST) do not replicate the lower extremity biomechanics of walking over ground, have not proven superior to exercise and progressive over-ground training (OGT), and offer no greater opportunity for motor learning than thoughtful OGT.

Effects of different seat cushions on interface pressure distribution: a pilot study

Sang-Heon Lee, OT, PhD, Ji-Su Park, OT, BSc, Bong-Keun Jung, OTR, OTD, and Sung-A Lee, OT, PhD
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4756009/

Conclusion: Both the mean pressure and the peak pressure were higher when sitting on a firm surface.

Why choose the Gait Harness and Gait Harness System?

We have a safety record

When wearing the Gait Harness and supported within the GHS frame, the client cannot fall.

We have never had a report of injury to a client, caregiver, or practitioner using the GHS.

Lightweight metal frames, PVC frames, narrow equipment width, and client height and weight limitations mean other standing frames, walking frames, gait trainers, and standing walker equipment may not meet the safety needs of clients, particularly taller and heavier adults.

Comfort & Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Gait Harness System configuration is simple and straightforward, with no complex or delicate mechanical assemblies, or fragile parts to break.

With the GHS, there is no complex set up, and no exhausting transfers. Transfers in are completed in a straight-forward manner in matter of minutes from supine, standing, or seated positions. No gadgetry or product components block ease of access to the frame.

The GHS does not have hydraulic lifts or motorized components and is not reliant upon electricity or an external power source. Hydraulics and motors increase product weight, making it hard for the client to maneuver, and making it less suitable for home use.

The GHS is shipped fully assembled, ready for immediate use. The client can face the closed side, sideways, or the open side.

Comfort

The client can rest comfortably in the harness, as needed. When the client is ready to stand and go again, there is no difficulty in repositioning their feet for standing and walking again.

The harness is specifically designed to have no impingement in the groin or peri area, unlike harnesses which have a bucket or sling design, or equipment which may have a solid or rigid bicycle-seat type saddle structure built in the groin area.

Equipment that suspends the client from over-head, and/or has a sling, firm seat or saddle support can be uncomfortable.

The GHS client is supported through the thoracic area, with additional support through the thick of the thigh muscle. This is very different than having the client dangle from an over-head suspension device.

In the GHS, the client’s view of the horizon is open, clear from visual intrusion of the equipment itself.

Combined therapy options with bracing and FES

The GHS works exceptionally well with electrical stimulation, orthotics, prosthetics, and AFOs and KAFOs, especially bracing built with stance control knees. The conjoined use of simultaneous multiple therapies with the GHS distinguishes it from other, less adaptable equipment.

Within the GHS, the options for combination therapies (sit to stands, endurance work, resistive work, gait and balance training, ADL with upper and lower extremity involvement) are many, limited only by the creativity of the practitioner and ability of the client.

The diversity of combined use of therapies (if needed by the client) also creates a higher likelihood of increased functioning for many who were told they would never walk again, setting GHS value apart from any other equipment piece.

Commercial grade, FDA registered

GHS products are protected by 4 patents. The GHS is 100% USA made.

The GHS is a clinical quality, durable, commercial grade physical therapy equipment tool , and is registered with the FDA. As superior commercial grade equipment, the GHS is designed to last over 20 years. The System is constructed for heavy-duty performance and comes with lifetime warranties on defective parts and workmanship.

Many of our practitioners report they have been using their GHS in the clinic, daily, for 20+ years. The GHS is built to last.

The GHS is priced on the lower end of the commercial therapy equipment market. The System has greater versatility at a lower price point than treadmill-based or robotic devices, making it more accessible to the consumer market.

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