Open design for easy transfers from supine, seated or standing positionForward, open side or lateral facing designShipped fully assembled, ready for immediate useHome User GHSII designed for single user, overground training in and out of home
How can the Second Step Gait Harness System II help someone stand and walk again?
Since 1989, the Second Step Gait Harness System has met healthcare needs in multiple user environments, saving you time, effort, and money. All GHS models allow individuals to perform over ground standing and walking activities in a safe, effective environment, encouraging more healthy recovery results.
A specialized, all-in-one standing and walking frame, the GHSII Gait Harness helps achieve proper postural positioning, and horizontal support suspension of the client’s trunk when they are in an upright orientation. The System also provides the dynamic weight-bearing and weight-shifting needed when the client is learning to walk again with a more natural gait pattern and easier stepping.
The GHSII for home users is used in a variety of residential, group home, ALF, and SNF facilities. Many clients bring their System to their outpatient clinics, gyms, or day treatment program centers to practice the art of learning to walk again.
The new GHSII for Home Users has many quality features which make it uniquely different from other therapy equipment you have seen or used:
Commercial, clinical grade, FDA registered. The GHSII is commercial grade equipment, designed to last more than 10 years. Many clients use their System every day, or multiple times a day, throughout their recovery.
Moves easily between rooms. The widest point of the GHSII is the forearm support top, which is approximately 31”, allowing for easy transition between rooms and hallways.
Transfers are safe and easy from seated, supine, or standing positions. All GHS models accommodate standard wheelchair and scooter transfers, hospital bedside and mat table transfers, and transfers with the client who is able to stand for short periods. Contact us if you would like to see our transfer technique video
Choice of two Forearm Support Top frames. The new System has a double wide forearm support top option, which provides greater forearm and trunk stability for clients, especially those at early ambulation stages, who need the extra support. The double wide top fits users best who have a waistline circumference under 40”.
Clients may also select the standard wide forearm support top, which allows for more reciprocal arm movement, and/or fits users with a waistline circumference 40” and above.
Both Forearm Support Top frames feature two telescoping columns to make height adjustment easy, balanced, and more stable.
Forward and posterior position in the Forearm Support Tops. The client may face forward into the U-shaped frame, or to the open-side, facing the reverse, posterior position. Facing the open side is great solution for those who want to learn to walk again with open visual and physical access to the environment.
Additionally, posterior positioning is a natural progression towards independent movement. The Hand Hold Set Accessory can be moved anywhere along the inside or outside arm rests of either forearm support top, to whichever position best matches the client’s needs.
Special made Gait Harness. The individual client receives a personalized, custom made, patented Gait Harness, based upon their unique size. The Gait Harness provides a more natural, padded, pliable, snug, and secure trunk support, without rigid, restrictive, or uncomfortable bracing. See GHSII Order Form for specific client measurements needed.
Adjustable, horizontal Gait Harness support suspension system. All GHS models have a patented, safe, comfortable support of the client via Gait Harness secure connection to the four adjustable support straps. The orientation of the client within the System ensures proper postural positioning. Contact us for more information on how the support straps adjust to the client during transfers in and out of the System.
Base frame provides optimal stability. Over ground, our base frame provides the greatest stability of any standing frame, walking frame or gait trainer. Base width and length provide extra steadiness for those who need it, and allow for safe wheelchair and bedside transfers. Our base frame provides exceptional functionality and support in indoor and outdoor settings, with improved casters and time-tested features.
Indoor and outdoor use. Learn to walk again outdoors in more natural, real world environments. The System may be used indoors or outdoors, on any level, finished surface. Contact us if you have specific questions about your indoor flooring surface or potential outdoor use of the GHSII.
Foot-actuated Steer casters. The new multi-directional, foot-actuated casters provide effortless mobility throughout. The Caregiver or practitioner may lock the two green “steer” multi-directional casters to restrict movement to an inline, linear direction. This helps clients learn to walk again in a straight line, and eliminate drifting sideways. Many clients with hemi-paresis, seizures, ataxia or other balance issues find the inline orientation useful at their early stages of learning to walk again.
Release the multi-directional locks on the two green “steer” casters for free, 360 degree movement in any direction.
Foot-actuated Brake casters and client controlled braking system. All GHS models have two braking systems. The first is the foot-actuated, red “brake” casters, controlled by the caregiver or practitioner. Brake casters are engaged during transfers, and if the client is using the GHSII as a stationary standing frame.
The second braking system is controlled by the client. This is an automatic, weight-activated front braking system, initiated by the two vertical braking pegs at the front of the base frame. When the client removes weight from their feet, they will be supported in a comfortable, semi-seated resting position. The client’s downward weight shift engages the spring-loaded braking pegs to the flooring surface, helping keep the System from moving during client rest breaks. The caregiver or practitioner may provide extra braking assistance by resting their foot on the padded front bar of the base frame.
Portable. The System base frame and forearm support separate for easy transport in van, SUV, or pickup truck. Contact us if you have specific questions about GHSII product dimensions.
Gait Harness System product acquisition is an investment in the user’s recovery process. GHS products and accessories are therapy tools, useful for clients learning to stand and walk again, working through a broad range of user challenges. GHS products are not designed to treat or cure any issue, condition or disease. Results vary and are not guaranteed. All leases, lease-to-owns, layaways, and sales are final. Clients are always advised to consult with the intended user’s doctor or health care provider regarding health-related questions, assessments, and recommendations, including addressing the user’s specific medical issues, limitations, or needs.
Take a Stand and Walk Again
Joe Millen MPT shows features and benefits of working with clients in the Second Step Gait Harness System. He demonstrates the GHS’s unique support, safety features, and how easy it is to move freely over ground.
Benefits of Home Based Programs
“Most individuals will not have home access to a body weight support treadmill training system after they leave the clinic, but may be able to implement an over-ground system, like the GHS, that allows for efficient over-ground training reinforcement. I use the GHS in the clinic, and refer it for home use, to accomplish this reinforcement.”
– William Thornton, MPT, Lead Physical Therapist, The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery®, Rehab Institute of Michigan, Detroit MI
Studies show that home-based over-ground training has the potential to improve gait patterns while eliminating the common barriers of scheduling and lack of access to transportation.
Motor learning suggests that practice, repetition and task specificity are instrumental to task improvement. Extending the practice of therapeutic activities beyond the clinical environment and into the home is a great way to apply these principles and reinforce the gains made in the clinic.
Home exercise requires less expensive equipment, its implementation requires a smaller number of staff members, less training is required for physical therapists, and clients are more likely to comply with the regimen.
The stability and support of the Gait Harness System II for Home Users gives the client the opportunity to practice standing and walking, not only in the clinic but at home.
Practicing standing and walking again in a home enriched or outdoor environment for extended periods, daily (or multiple times daily), both in early and extended phases of intervention helps reinforce and maintain gains made in the clinic.
The goal is increased community ambulation. Practicing increased walking speeds, within the safety support of the GHSII, can predict the level of community ambulation and quality of life achieved.
Results suggest that home exercise, with appropriate walking frame equipment such as the Gait Harness System II, is a more pragmatic form of therapy with fewer risks.
Walking in a more natural way
“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. 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. 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.”
– William Thornton MPT, Level 11 Physical Therapy Clinics founder, Holly MI
The GHSII provides a safe and effective environment for transfers, standing, gait and exercise when partial or full weight bearing is desired.
A specialized, dynamic all-in-one standing and walking frame, the Gait Harness System II unite proper client positioning with dynamic weight-bearing and weight-shifting needed for a more natural gait pattern and easier stepping.
The Second Step GHSII is a client-centered system. The client is properly positioned to walk well and progress quicker, because the natural movements of the body during gait are accommodated.
Because the System is dynamic, it allows significant flexibility by encouraging normal gait and rhythmic motion in walking patterns for those learning to walk again. The System provides lateral and vertical movement plus dynamic body weight support.
It is important to invest in the proper equipment for your needs. GHS users understand recovery takes time, and want commercial grade equipment which will help them in the long haul.
Our clients report the GHS is far easier, and more comfortable to use, than LiteGait and Rifton products. Click here to read full article explaining how the GHS is uniquely different from other equipment, how it may be preferred over BWSTT and robotics, the benefits of dynamic movement over passive exercise, simplicity of transfer techniques for the GHS, and how the GHS can be used with multiple occupational and physical therapies.
Through the principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity we can see partial to complete recovery of lost functions. Clinical evidence-based practice supports the Second Step Gait Harness Sytem II as a necessary adjunct to standing and walking recovery.
Purchasing a GHS is an investment in health, quality of life, and longevity. Our clients look for a commitment which will pay off.
Now people can get the help they need to stand and walk again. Visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Second Step Gait Harness System (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System II (GHSII).
Since 1989 the Second Step GHS has been the durable standard of excellence in commercial grade rehab standing frame and walking frame equipment.The Second Step Gait Harness System is a unique, all-in-one standing frame and walking frame, providing ease of use, comfort, security, and great versatility.The System provides new therapy opportunities to walk again, even for those who have not walked in years, helping people regain healthy functioning after stroke, brain injury, cerebellar degeneration, spinal cord injury, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is more than just a standing frame, walking frame, gait trainer or walker.The GHS is used world-wide not only in outpatient and inpatient clinics, but also in the home, with both indoor and outdoor applications.Discover how Second Step is “Helping People Walk Again” by keeping users, caregivers and practitioners safe, and simultaneously facilitating healthy, functional therapy outcomes.