LiteGait Therapy – Versatile and Effective

Mobility Research is a company of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to putting the latest technology and research knowledge to work in the rehabilitation arena. Our team includes clinicians, researchers, educators, and engineers. We offer products, education, and rehabilitation solutions for paediatric and adult populations with motor control related disabilities. Our solutions provide freedom for therapists and independence for patients.

One of the most debilitating problems stroke survivors must contend with on a daily basis is difficulty walking.  Relearning how to walk is a major focus in stroke rehabilitation, but there are several barriers to achieving fluid, efficient walking patterns post-stroke: postural abnormalities and asymmetric strength and motor control are driving forces in the typical uneven gait pattern used by stroke survivors.  Did you know that LiteGait was developed specifically to address the postural deficits that prevent stroke survivors from using a smooth, efficient movement pattern while walking?  By correcting postural alignment in a fall-free environment, the stroke survivor not only gets more practice walking, but the nature of that practice is better: removing the fear of falling and correcting postural alignment allows for greater freedom of movement and more attention is paid to the task being learned, rather than just “not falling.”  Since the therapist no longer has to support the learner to prevent falls, they can provide assistance where the person really needs it, often at the leg that doesn’t seem to cooperate.  They can also take a step back and really see where the problem is: what, specifically is preventing the person from walking more fluidly and efficiently?  Then they can give more precise instruction to promote learning of a better, more efficient walking pattern. The observational analysis could immensely be improved with objective measures and even further by real time biofeedback of patient's performance.

Accepted wisdom is that once a stroke survivor establishes a walking pattern, it is very resistant to change… why is that?  They are certainly capable of learning, so why can’t they change the way they walk once they start?  What stops them from “unlearning” bad habits related to walking?  One factor is that they actually aren’t aware that what they are doing is “wrong.”  If someone can’t feel that their steps are uneven, why would they change that?  The GaitSens instrumented treadmill and tablet specifically address that issue: It is designed to measure and analyze the person’s walking pattern in the moment, while they are walking on the treadmill.  It then provides visual and auditory feedback to the person with every step they take while walking on the treadmill.  It keeps score, allowing the person to self-correct their walking pattern while achieving the specific goal selected by their therapist, based on the person’s own walking pattern.  As they improve, the measured changes can be used to set new goals!  What a smart use of technology to aid in the delivery of effective, intensive, individualized therapy.

The LiteGait® family of products are widely used in treating spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke, chronic pain, head injury, orthopaedic problems, cerebral palsy, balance issues, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. LiteGait® is used in both adult and paediatric settings, as well as in the home by patients requiring assistance with gait therapy and balance activities. It also acts as an extra pair of hands for therapists. As the original partial weight bearing therapy device, LiteGait has forever altered gait therapy techniques, as well as expectations of outcome.

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