“A New Way to Gait Train”

“A New Way to Gait Train”

There’s a growing body of research to show that gait training — the process of bearing weight and bringing your legs through the motion of walking, whether or not you have the function to do so volitionally — is beneficial for all sorts of secondary complications of spinal cord injury, from reducing spasticity to improving circulation to preventing bone density issues and even helping in the recovery of function.


The problem with gait training is that it’s expensive. Robotic treadmill systems, like those available at major rehab and research centers, cost in the six-figures range, and lower-tech options typically require multiple trained therapists, which quickly adds up if you want to pursue gait training with the kind of frequency that is required to see any benefit.


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