Walk Again Post Stroke

Recovery Is Possible

Design Features & Benefits

Use the Gait Harness System to Help with Stroke Recovery and Walk Again Post Stroke

People who walk after stroke live longer, live better, live healthier

A stroke can damage the brain in minutes, potentially robbing the survivor of many skills that previously were taken for granted. Among the precious things lost — at least initially — may be the ability to walk.

​Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability. Impairments resulting from stroke lead to persistent difficulties with walking. For a stroke survivor, learning to walk again should be a top priority.

​Ambulation is a crucial component to recovery and lifetime health. Movement keeps joints lubricated and stimulates your brain. Stronger muscles and bones provide the strength and balance you need to be active.

​After stroke, physical activity is important to not only to regain motor and cognitive function, but to also help ward off another stroke. Walking again is one step towards that goal.

Liz working on her Stroke Recovery with the Second Step Gait Harness.

Walking After a Stroke: Recovery is Possible

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Walking ability has important health implications, providing protective effects against secondary complications common after a stroke such as heart disease, musculoskeletal issues, and systemic disorders.

Even if someone has been primarily wheelchair or bed-bound for years, with little intervention, they can achieve significant results and greater quality of life with the proper program, and with proper equipment.

Many of our GHS clients see consistent standing and walking progress in the months, years, or even lifetime of recovery. The brain has significant potential to do, adapt, and change, even years after a stroke.

Why is walking affected by a stroke?

Many strokes injure the motor fibers connected to movement. Typically strokes damage portions of one side of the brain and affect the opposite side of the body. A stroke can make one side of the body weak or paralyzed, making it difficult or impossible to walk.

A patient’s balance may be shaky if the cerebellum (the part of the brain that controls equilibrium) is injured. Along with paralysis, weakness, numbness, and loss of balance, many stroke patients are left with distorted perceptions about where their body ends.

Injury to the motor portion of the brain can also diminish muscle tone and control, another obstacle to walking. Muscles can lose the ability to contract altogether or, on the contrary, become overly contracted and too rigid to allow a simple walking motion.

How Does a Stroke Survivor Learn to Walk Again?

A patient’s rehabilitation should start as soon as he or she is stable. This could mean within 24 hours to a few weeks or longer. Established guidelines, as well as a huge body of literature, insist that the earlier therapy is initiated the better.

Before walking begins, a practitioner may guide the patient through pre-walking exercises to ready other pertinent muscles. If a patient’s trunk muscles were affected, causing him or her to lean to one side or to the front, therapy may start with core strengthening exercises in a sitting position.

The next step might be to work on standing until the patient feels anchored and secure. Learning to walk again involves scores of muscles and many isolated movements. Caregiver/practitioner and patient should approach the complex act of learning to stand and walk again in a safe, supported manner.

Physical activity remains a cornerstone in risk-reduction therapies for the prevention and treatment of stroke. Regardless of how a stroke survivor learns to walk, one thing is certain: the stroke survivor needs to get moving.

The months or years of recovery may seem overwhelming, but survivors need to keep in mind that the potential for progress is always there.

Bill S., husband of post stroke survivor, Waterville ME

We just started used the Gait Harness System ambulator 4 days this past week with my 88 year-old wife at her skilled nursing center. It is absolutely marvelous! The results have been very, very heartwarming.

Richard L., parent of post stroke survivor, Medina OH

After his stroke, we have been using the Gait Harness System with our 43-year-old son Joseph to train him in walking with his full weight on his feet. It will take him a long time to learn to walk by himself, even with a walker. But with the GHS, he can develop his movement safely.

Mike S., husband of post stroke survivor, Freeport TX

Thank you for all of your help (for us and others) to help people with disabilities. The walker is getting easier to use as we work more with it. Thanks again.

Kristen W., wife of post stroke survivor, Shrewsbury MA

I just wanted to check in and let you know how much Art loves his Second Step.

David R., son-in-law of post stroke survivor, Hong Kong China

We are impressed at the logic, simplicity and engineering of the GHS. It certainly seems to be superior to the “Lite Gait” device which is apparently sold here in Hong Kong.

Joy G., mother of post stroke/Locked-In-Syndrome survivor, Queensland Australia

We are so excited to be going home to the Gait Harness…This has been a great year for S.’s recovery, little steps forward, but forward he goes…never the less…Thanks for everything.

Gene B., child of post stroke/orthopedic issue survivor, Quincy MA

Thank you so much for taking the time to work with me! I appreciate it greatly. I am very excited about the Gait Harness System. I am so impressed with everything about your company and the Second Step Gait Harness System!!! What a fabulous product! Thanks so much again. I am so encouraged by the Gait Harness System.

Patti H., grandmother of congenital heart defect/post stroke survivor, Wichita KS

Thank you so much for your prompt response to my inquiry on the Second Step and continuing with such outstanding support. It’s been a struggle in these past years following our granddaughter’s stroke to find people who can provide us with answers/support. I feel the Second Step system might be our best bet for my granddaughter! Thank you again, and I know that in your assistance, she will soon be another success story for Second Step!

Lesa M., child of post stroke survivor, New York City NY

It is marvelous product and I wish you well. Your mission is noble.

Rose Rodriguez, wife of post stroke survivor, Tampa FL

My 79-year-old husband had a stroke 7 months ago, and a complete knee replacement 7 weeks ago. Without a doubt, the safety feature using the harness in the ambulator gives him complete confidence in case he has to rest or loses his balance. He is able to walk and use his legs, hips, shoulders and arms as naturally as possible.

Second Step products are not designed to treat or cure any issue, condition or disease. Results vary and are not guaranteed. Consult with the treating doctor or health care provider regarding health-related questions, assessments, and recommendations, including addressing the client’s specific medical issues, limitations, or needs. Second Step manufactures custom merchandise. No refunds will be given on any order. All sales and layaways are final.

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For personalized attention, please call or email us today. We will take the time to answer all your questions about how the Gait Harness System is helping people walk again, and whether it could be right for you.

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P.O. Box 565
Anna Maria, FL 34216-0565

Phone: 941.567.4200
Toll Free: 877.299.STEP (7837)
Fax: 877.299.5428

Second Step, Inc., Medical Equipment, Anna Maria, FL

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