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Exercise after stroke is imperative for healthy recovery
Safe exercise and walking are very important for people working through post-stroke issues. Supported, safe exercise leads to a longer, healthier life and reduces the risk of falling.
Over ground walking is an effective means to regain greater independence of gait. Research confirms ambulation during the acute stroke phase with an over ground support system such as the Gait Harness System should be offered. As you will see below, progress may be made both immediately and in the months and years to come.
Melinda has been on a long journey after having a massive hemorrhagic stroke in June 2017. Getting her to walk again at home after 8 months in rehab was a top priority. Melinda is very determined to practice walking at home but needed safe equipment to do so.
The Second Step Gait Harness System allows her to walk at home with a single helper. The first thing she says every morning is, “Let’s get ready and go!” The GHS is different from a walker as it has a built-in harness that supports her as she stands and catches her if she falls.
Liz was riding her bicycle when she was hit by a vehicle. As a result, she suffered a traumatic brain injury and has a history of intracerebral hemorrhage (hemorrhagic stroke resulting from accident trauma). Liz uses the Second Step Gait Harness System (GHS) at Grace Center for Adult Day Services in Corvallis, OR twice weekly.
The GHS provides a safe environment for Liz to be back up on her feet again and out of her wheelchair. She particularly enjoys return to her favored hobbies in the beautiful outdoors, working in the garden, even feeding chickens.
Mary Ann’s Story
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 GHS) 2 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. See her continued progress after 10 months.
Donald is an Army veteran. Military stressors included a TBI, PTSD 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.
Joe suffered from 2 strokes, one 20 years ago, and 1 recently. This is Joe’s first attempt to walk down a hallway on his own. The Gait Harness System (GHS) has a unique harness support that facilitates upright and centered posture for Joe’s healthy recovery and core strengthening.
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!”
Following his CVA/stroke, Tom is happy using the Gait Harness System to play billiards. Playing billiards builds focus, improves critical thinking skills, provides social engagement, improves stretching and balancing power, sharpens the mind, improves hand-eye coordination, and provides fun for players, regardless of age and ability.
During play, the GHS keeps Tom safely supported, allowing him to spend time engaging in a favorite hobby.
David suffered from a stroke and then severe muscle atrophy in his legs. He began using the GHS twice weekly, and within 12 weeks went from walking 20 feet to walking 240 feet each session. In the 10 months since this video was filmed, David reports he is down to using a cane for partial walking assistance. He comments “Prior to using the Gait Harness System, I was in the wheelchair all day, and couldn’t walk at all!”
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