We love celebrating our clients’ success stories.
Our Stroke Survivor Gallery allows stroke survivors, caregivers, and practitioners to focus on how the Second Step Gait Harness System II for Home Users and Gait Harness System II for Practitioners may assist the stroke survivor in learning to stand and walk again.
Exercise after stroke is imperative for healthy recovery
Exercise and walking are very important for people working through post stroke and brain aneurysm issues, in addition to a broad range of neurological issues, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and various auto-immune disorders which affect ambulation.
No one doubts, of course, that any amount of exercise is better than none. Exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death, and reduce risk of falling.
Research continues to confirm that ambulation during the acute stroke phase using an over ground support system, such as the Gait Harness System®, should be made possible. It is highly beneficial, as progress may be made both immediately and in the months and years to come.
Over ground walking is also an effective means to regain greater independence of gait. The Gait Harness System® provides a secure, comfortable, safe environment for the neurological client to practice functional standing and walking again.
Researchers find that repetition (taking steps) and specificity of tasks (achieved by safe, supported practice using the GHS to learn to walk again) aimed at proactively regaining one’s ability to walk again after a stroke is vitally important.
Exercise is particularly important for brain health because it appears to ramp up blood flow through the skull not only during the actual activity, but throughout the rest of the day. Researchers have found that higher levels of physical activity also led to increased levels of brain activity while doing multiple tasks.
A regular regimen of learning to stand and walk again is critical to maintain healthy body functioning post stroke or neurological disorder. Safe exercise leads to a longer, healthier life.
The success story videos below show how the GHS can be used both in the home and in the clinic, indoors and outdoors. You will see how the Second Step Gait Harness System® is a unique, all-in-one standing frame and walking frame, providing great versatility.
Our video galleries are living proof of how we are helping our clients reach their standing and walking goals.
Stroke Survivor Gallery
See full Gallery at: https://www.secondstepinc.com/stroke-survivor-gallery
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 II (GHSII) 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!"
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. Here you see Donald walk for the first time in 6 months after being bed-bound in a skilled nursing facility. Watch his further progress after 2 months, and then 1 year.
The GHS is allowing Marlene, a woman with cerebellar degeneration and severe balance disturbance, to walk again. Marlene shares, "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!" See her progress after 8 months, and then after a year and a half.
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!”
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.
At Second Step, we have a passion to help stroke survivor clients preserve and build positive therapy outcomes and improve walking recoveries.
Learn why it is important to stand and walk again for stroke survivors athttps://www.secondstepinc.com/walk-again-post-stroke.
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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.
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