Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2014

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Wishing you and yours a Healthy, Happy, & Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanking you for your part in Helping People Walk Again

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Thankful to share our 25th anniversary year with you!

 Questions about the Gait Harness System? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 16, 2014

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Recognizing Family Caregivers
National Family Caregivers Month is observed every November to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. It’s a time to thank, support, educate, empower and celebrate.Each year, more and more Americans are caring for a loved one with a chronic condition, disability, or the frailties of old age.  There are as many as 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today.

  • Wounded veterans require family caregivers, too.  As many as 1 million Americans are caring in their homes for service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other wounds and illnesses.
  • It’s not just women doing the caregiving.  Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). And 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers as well, including 1 million young people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
  • Family caregiving is serious work.  Almost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as managing multiple medications, providing wound care, and operating specialized medical equipment.

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Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


November’s FAQ: How does the Gait Harness System compare to everything else I have seen?

November 9, 2014

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?

We have a track record. Helping People Walk Again is what we do best.

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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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November 2, 2014

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Scientists say walking each day can stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms

Called “the walking cure,” daily exercise could help stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms, say scientists. A stress hormone produced during a brisk stroll can protect the brain from memory loss. The discovery may also explain why people vulnerable to stress are more at risk of dementia.

Higher physical and mental activity can lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s. Dr. Marie-Christine Pardon’s team at the University of Nottingham has found that the key might be found in balancing the body’s level of the hormone CRF.

Dr. Pardon said: “This is the first time researchers have been able to identify a brain process directly responsible for the beneficial effects of exercise in slowing down the progression of the early memory decline of Alzheimer’s.

“Overall, it is further evidence a healthy lifestyle involving exercise slows down the risk.” Read full article

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today for more information

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475  ,   and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews


Quick facts on the dangers of falling

October 26, 2014

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  • The risk of falling increases with age.
  • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.
  • Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility. All contribute to falls and the severity of injury due to falls.
  • At least one-third of all falls involve environmental hazards in the home.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 or over

Read fall prevention tips at: http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/falls-prevention-fact-sheet.html

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


“A Clinical Perspective with Gait Training”

October 19, 2014

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“Falls in nursing homes and long term-care facilities, as noted by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Disease Control, are a serious problem with approximately 50% of the 1.5 million residents nationwide falling at least once per year.

“Ambulatory goals are a central component for most residents. In therapeutic or restorative gait programs, the challenge is to provide a safe and effective method for both resident and caregiver.

“Falls can be a devastating problem for the resident, caregiver and the risk management in a facility. Advances in ambulatory and support devices provide a safe and effective method for mobility of the resident that can make a significant impact on the overall health of residents, caregivers and the cost effectiveness of treatments in facilities.

“New technologies are emerging in the industry such as such as ambulator-gait harness systems have a significant impact with regards to clinical experiences. These systems provide for safe, effective and dynamic gait training programs that can be integrated into all ambulatory and transfer needs of the facility.

“One such system is the Second Step, Inc. Gait Harness System® (GHS). The system is composed of a gait harness and ambulator. The gait harness designed to reduce the stresses/compressive forces on the lower back of the caregiver during gait training activities.” – Joseph Millen, PT, MTC,‎ Founder of Impact Health and Performance, Palm Harbor FL

For full article, see: http://www.secondstepinc.com/PDF/Addressing%20Resident%20Mobility%20and%20Fall%20Prevention.pdf

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


October’s FAQ: What does the Gait Harness System cost?

October 12, 2014

What does the GHS cost?

The GHS is more affordable, portable, and realistic option for the home user than other costly equipment, allowing you to get healthy results beyond clinical walls.

  • Prevents risk of secondary complications, and resulting medical treatments
  • Saves the user money over other therapy options, and may qualify user for a tax credit
  • Can be used in the home for therapy reinforcement and to speed healthy user recovery
  • Home users can direct their therapy on a daily or as needed basis, in the comfort of their own home

Many of those using the Gait Harness System® also realize that greater savings can be realized from longer, recovery-focused care following the initial injury, rather than repeat care, which targets adaptations and accidents later in life.

We want your best possible outcome. Please contact us to discuss your purchase options.

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