How does GHS compare to other pieces of therapy equipment like LiteGait, Body Weight Support Treadmill Training (BWSTT), robotic-assistive step training (RAST), locomotor training (LT), and what are some of the key differences between the GHS and other equipment I’ve seen?
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For more than two decades, Second Step has focused on real world, Over-Ground Therapy (OGT).
Research concludes that “BWSTT and RAST should not be routinely provided to disabled, vulnerable persons in place of OGT. BWSTT, RAST and LT have not proven superior to exercise and progressive OGT,” such as the Second Step Gait Harness System®. Research concludes that “the treadmill and commercial robotic devices do not replicate the lower extremity biomechanics of walking over ground, and offer no greater opportunity for motor learning than thoughtful OG physical therapy.”
Users are finding great success working toward their recovery goals, with their caregiver and independently, using the Gait Harness System® (GHS). The GHS is uniquely different from any other piece of therapy equipment, and is protected by 4 patents. The GHS is not comparable to the LiteGait, or to any other equipment piece, which may serve different (or more limited) purposes in your therapy, or at different stages of your recovery.
Critically, the GHS is designed for over-ground training, over real world floor surfaces, which research shows, can be preferable to BWSTT at various recovery stages. The GHS:
- is intended for OGT, over real world floor & ground surfaces
- properly positions user; you can face closed side, sideways, or open side
- provides for progressive therapy, adapting to your needs over time
- provides new opportunities for combination therapies
- adapts to indoor and outdoor use, promoting freedom of movement in natural environments
- is safe for user and caregiver
- is more comfortable for user via patent protected horizontal suspension & trunk support
- is portable, easy to maneuver
- user is actively and attentively involved in doing your own, necessary therapy work
- supports dynamic movement
- allows for greater independence, with least possible assistance
- quality of life is improved for user
- is lower cost than BWSTT, more accessible & versatile technology
With the GHS, there is no complex set up, and no exhausting transfers. You can face the closed side, sideways, or the open side, as is needed. Your view of the horizon is always clear from obstacle intrusion. The user can rest comfortably in the harness, as needed. When you are ready to stand and go again, there is no difficulty in repositioning your feet for standing and walking. 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 structure built in the groin area. The GHS user is supported through the trunk area, with additional support through the thick of the thigh muscle. This is very different than having you dangle from an overhead device. The GHS is lightweight and portable. Because the System is easy to maneuver, you can glide along freely, without the restriction of dragging heavy, cumbersome equipment.
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