Gait Harness System

Standing & Walking Frame for Home Users

Gait Harness System

Key Features of The GHS for Home Users

375 lb. Max
Patient Weight

Multi-Directional Casters

Choice of
Forearm Top

Easy
Transfers

Multiple Facing
Design

Ships Fully
Assembled

Indoor and
Outdoor Use

Custom Made
Gait Harness

Gait Harness System Standing & Walking Frame for Home Users

The new GHS for Home Users has many quality features which make it uniquely different from other therapy equipment you have seen or used.

 Commercial, clinical grade, FDA registered.

The GHS is commercial grade equipment, designed to last more than 10 years. Many clients use their System every day, or multiple times a day, throughout their recovery.

 Moves easily between rooms.

The widest point of the GHS is the forearm support top, which is approximately 31”, allowing for easy transition between rooms and hallways.

 Transfers are safe and easy.

From seated, supine, or standing positions, transferring is safe and easy. All GHS models accommodate standard wheelchair and scooter transfers, hospital bedside and mat table transfers, and transfers with the client who is able to stand for short periods. Contact us if you would like to see our transfer technique video.

 Choice of two Forearm Support Top frames.

The new System has a double wide forearm support top option, which provides greater forearm and trunk stability for clients, especially those at early ambulation stages, who need the extra support. The double-wide top fits users best who have a waistline circumference under 40”.

Clients may also select the standard wide forearm support top, which allows for more reciprocal arm movement, and/or fits clients with a waistline circumference 40” and above.

 Forearm Support Choices

Both Forearm Support Top frames feature two telescoping columns to make height adjustment easy, balanced, and more stable.

 Forward, posterior and lateral positions in the Forearm Support Tops.

The client may face forward into the U-shaped frame, to the open-side, facing the posterior position, or face laterally within the frame. Facing the open side is a great solution for those who want to learn to walk again with open visual and physical access to the environment.

Additionally, posterior positioning is a natural progression towards independent movement. The separately sold Hand Hold Set Accessory can be moved anywhere along the inside or outside armrests of either forearm support top, to whichever position best matches the client’s needs.

 Custom made Gait Harness.

The individual client receives a personalized, custom-made, patented Gait Harness, based upon their unique size. The Gait Harness provides a more natural, padded, pliable, snug, and secure trunk support, without rigid, restrictive, or uncomfortable bracing. See GHS Order Form for specific client measurements needed.

 Portable.

The System base frame and forearm support separate for easy transport in van, SUV, or pickup truck. Contact us if you have specific questions about GHS product dimensions.

 

 Adjustable, horizontal Gait Harness support suspension system.

All GHS models have a patented, safe, comfortable support of the client via Gait Harness secure connection to the four adjustable support straps. The orientation of the client within the System ensures proper postural positioning. Contact us for more information on how the support straps adjust to the client during transfers in and out of the System.

 Base frame provides optimal stability.

Overground, our base frame provides the greatest stability of any standing frame, walking frame or gait trainer. Base width and length provide extra steadiness for those who need it, and allow for safe wheelchair and bedside transfers. Our base frame provides exceptional functionality and support in indoor and outdoor settings, with improved casters and time-tested features.

 Foot-actuated Steer casters.

The new multi-directional, foot-actuated casters provide effortless mobility throughout. The caregiver or practitioner may lock the two green “steer” multi-directional casters to restrict movement to an inline, linear direction. This helps clients learn to walk again in a straight line and eliminate drifting sideways. Many clients with hemiparesis, seizures, ataxia or other balance issues find the inline orientation useful in their early stages of learning to walk again.

Release the multi-directional locks on the two green “steer” casters for free, 360-degree movement in any direction.

 Foot-actuated Brake casters and client controlled braking system.

All GHS models have two braking systems. The first is the foot-actuated, red “brake” casters, controlled by the caregiver or practitioner. Brake casters are engaged during transfers, and if the client is using the GHS as a stationary standing frame.

The second braking system is controlled by the client. This is an automatic, weight-activated front braking system, initiated by the two vertical braking pegs at the front of the base frame. When the client removes weight from their feet, they will be supported in a comfortable, semi-seated resting position. The client’s downward weight shift engages the spring-loaded braking pegs to the flooring surface, helping keep the System from moving during client rest breaks. The caregiver or practitioner may provide extra braking assistance by resting their foot on the padded front bar of the base frame.

 Indoor and outdoor use.

Learn to walk again outdoors in more natural, real-world environments. The System may be used indoors or outdoors, on any level, finished surface. Contact us if you have specific questions about your indoor flooring surface or potential outdoor use of the GHS.

 

Kayt H., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I was told I would never walk again. I feel more stable in the Second Step GHS because I don’t have to worry about moving my hands. If you misplace your hands in the parallel bars or a walker you are going to fall. With the GHS I don’t worry about my hands–the equipment moves around with me. I can be upright, use my hip flexors and extensors much more and can focus on what my feet are doing and when to take steps. If your walker tips, you tip–whereas the Second Step can’t tip, it holds you in place. I used some equipment before which felt like I was ‘part of it’ versus it being part of me and it didn’t work well. The Second Step works better and helps me with a more fluid walk. It’s very adjustable and extremely helpful. The GHS can get me to community level walking a lot faster than a standard walker would. It allows you to do more on your own. I may not walk like you but even being able to get upright and walking a little bit changes everything for me.

Frank D., parent of brain aneurysm survivor, Paradise Valley AZ

We are still using the Second Step GHS 3 days a week (MWF) like clockwork. It’s been a long grind (6 years) but T. is still hanging in there. She can generally take about 20-25 steps at a time and usually we get about 3 sometimes 4 repetitions a day.

Teresa S., mother of Cerebral Palsy survivor, Lawton OK

My son Adam was born with cerebral palsy. He has endured many painful surgeries and excruciating physical therapy over his lifetime. He worked hard to walk at age 7 and again at age 13 but then lost the ability to walk 5 years ago after a failed surgery. Adam then had another operation to fix his legs, which was successful, but afterward, he was still not able to walk by himself. I recently bought the Gait Harness System for him. He is so happy to be walking again! This is a picture of Adam up and walking by himself after 4 times using the GHS. He goes up and down all the hallways. He asks me every day to take him walking. Adam’s lifetime of hard work and fantastic attitude have finally paid off!

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.

Dolores L., mother of TBI survivor, Spring TX

Our son was injured in 1982. He had a closed head injury, a damaged cerebellum, and is partially paralyzed on one side. He has a history of falling when using conventional walkers. Jr. has used more computerized version of walking equipment, but he prefers the more streamlined design of the GHS. We also like the portability of the GHS, as Jr. lives at an adult care home during the week, and comes home on weekends. Jr. really looks forward to working with this device every day, and we have several therapists who are eager to help him with it.

Tina S., daughter of post stroke survivor, Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

We got Mom in the GHS today and had her standing about a dozen times for up to 20 seconds. Without the GHS, she is only able to stand for 10-second intervals. Her physiotherapist loves it. He can now get her to stand and then he can be checking her knees, etc. It is so much more productive. Mom is absolutely thrilled.

Doug E., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I’ve been through 5 clinics, years of different PT and tried multiple types of devices. I have worked with the Second Step Gait Harness System more than 1 time at more than 1 clinic. I’ve seen more than one person that the Second Step has helped. Each time it enabled me to push my boundaries and get me back out in everyday living. It gave me confidence, most of all. The weight bearing feels great after sitting down for a lot of time. I could never take my walker and walk 1000 feet, but with the Second Step I definitely can. The GHS is stable and strengthened me in places I couldn’t get to with other equipment. It’s about people taking the adversity, using it as something good and going towards a goal to be better. You just have to find the path to get you where you want to be.

Lynn J., daughter of brain surgery survivor, Brooklyn NY

My 84-year-old Dad, Vincent, is a US Air Force veteran who served active duty during the Korean War. 1 year and 4 months after surgery to remove a brain tumor, my Dad was able to move his legs but was still unable to balance or stand. Because of his balance issues after surgery, he was wheelchair bound. My family and I were convinced my Dad could walk again, and he really wanted to. After my Dad used this Second Step walker, he started to walk after not being able to for almost a year and a half. He only used Second Step 4x then was able to walk! Before using the Second Step, my Dad couldn’t stand at all. Even though he had a little setback recently due to hurting his ribs, and is a bit unbalanced right now, we feel the Second Step walker, plus his attendants motivating him, and his physical therapy, all helped get dad to walk again, with God’s help…when his ribs heal in a few weeks, we plan on using this Second Step walker to reinvigorate and rebalance him further. It will be great to get his balance stronger again. I really feel that this walker was what gave Dad the balanced feeling that finally made him able to remind his mind and body how to walk again. That made us all choked up with joy and even had my neighbor happily crying seeing him walk again, finally! His being able to stand and walk again, even if with a walker on and off, made it worth the investment. My family… my sister and his siblings and my cousins and friends, all feel like he is a miracle man. It is a miracle that he’s able to stand and walk again at all. I feel Second Step was in large part instrumental in that miracle Thanks so much for your kindness and assistance! And for this invention.

Joel D., SCI survivor, retired US Navy Nuclear Submarine Commander, Greenwood SC

My methodology is using my overhead lift to transfer me into the Second Step, then to lower me to where my elbows are on the top framework and my feet start to load. With this configuration, I can load my entire body weight or just a fraction of it, as needed. The Second Step gives me the platform for balance and a place to put my elbows and arms so I can assist my legs. I could not make this transition without the Second Step! I have a standing frame and we use that, but that provides additional support and does not allow the virtual natural standing that I’m able to do with the Second Step. My legs are getting stronger and I’m doing typically many flex-and-extend exercises with my knees, along with working constantly on chin down, shoulders back, posture, etc. I am extremely pleased.

Cortney H., C 5-6 quad survivor, Riga MI

I’m able to stand and walk using the Second Step with the help of my trainer. Strength in my upper body, trunk control and my sitting posture has improved a great deal.

Myke B., mother of TBI survivor, Muskegon MI

Here is A. at the BIAMI Conference test driving the Second Step GHS. We loved it when he stood up so TALL and straight. The outdoor picture is A. walking in the local CROP Walk. This unit is so much more stable than the equipment we tried from a different company. A. has progressed so well, he has now graduated to a rollator. Thank you!

Elayne W., mother of SCI survivor, St. Louis MO

My son was standing for 45 minutes in the GHS, with his KAFOs on, the first day we received it. He had no fear of falling, and was very comfortable. He hasn’t been standing in a long time, and we can see how much this is going to help him. He’s excited!

Jim F., veteran and MS survivor, Baltimore MD

My GHS arrived this afternoon. That is a quality piece of equipment! Packaging was very good and Old Dominion Freight Service provided very smooth delivery. My wife assembled the GHS, I put on the harness and rehab work has started at a new level. Thank you for this very quality piece of equipment. Rehab work will be much safer with the GHS in my home (for both me and my therapist).

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.

Cleo S. RN, CRRN, CCM, parent of TBI survivor, Traverse City MI

I am so impressed with this product and really want to share it with other Rehab friends. Thank you for all your help.

Paul R., SCI survivor, Wales, United Kingdom

I am a T12/L1 paraplegic. I found the Gait Harness System on the internet after I couldn’t find anything like it here in Europe. The GHS has helped me a great deal in rehab, I can easily move it from rehab back and forth to my home.

Scott A., son of father with stroke, orthopedic & SCI issues, Staten Island NY

I have a tremendous respect for the work you do and wish you nothing but continued success. It’s comforting, at the very least, to know that even 3,000 miles away, there are still kind, caring people out there who understand what one encounters in caring for a disabled loved one. Your product is ingenious and should receive more accolades.

Donald D., veteran and post stroke, TBI & orthopedic survivor, Eugene OR

I served our country, active duty, during the Korean War. After badly healed fractures in my leg, my ribs, and my arm kept me in bed at a nursing home for six months, I was told I shouldn’t expect to walk again. Well, they don’t know me!  I’m a competitive guy. This is me, resting after my first day walking after those six months, happy to be on my feet again. Six weeks later, I’m a lot stronger, and I’m walking so fast up and down all the hallways at the  home, the staff can’t keep up with me!

Lillian J., daughter of post stroke survivor, Seattle WA

Getting mom to walk again after her massive hemorrhagic stroke last year is one our top priorities. Everyone knows that she was always on the go. The first thing she still says every morning is, “Let’s get ready and go!” She is eager to move about on her own! We know that walking practice every day is key. We have gotten her comfortable in this Cadillac of walkers. She is now much better at standing and we are at a point where she can practice every day!

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

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

Deputy Amanda C., wife of Deputy Clay C., TBI survivor, Green Cove Springs FL

Clay is doing great, already showing improvement in his endurance and his steps are getting smoother. I want to thank you for all you have done to help us. Sometimes good people find themselves in positions they never in a million years thought they would be in, and thank God there are still caring and compassionate people like you who are still willing to help someone when they can. Your kindness was a blessing to me and Clay. Thanks again.

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.

Helena T., mother of child with blindness & TBI issues, San Francisco CA

These walkers are definitely well built and are extremely stable and versatile. We would definitely have to say this is probably the Cadillac of them all.

Janice T., sister of post spinal surgery survivor, Austin TX

We are so thankful to Second Step for producing this wonderful equipment that gives L. the opportunity to work at walking. Without it, we wouldn’t have any way to help her. Helping her get into it and out of it is getting easier for my husband and for me. My husband and I are sure the GHS is the best investment my sister L. can make in her continuing effort to walk again. We believe she will be able to walk sooner because she has the GHSII in her home. She is spending time in it every evening. Thanks for always going “the second mile” for L. and for us. You are wonderful! Your company is wonderful! Best wishes!

Bob Smith, SCI survivor, Harrison Township MI

The Second Step Gait Harness System has helped me tremendously. I have tried body weight support treadmill training, with both an overhead lift and with the Lokomat. I’ve also tried the Litegait. I’ve also combined the Lokomat with the GHS and the latest therapy from the Rehab Institute of Michigan. What the GHS allowed me to do is walk at my own pace, with or without assistance. It allowed me to fully weight bear and with little to no discomfort, unlike every other harness. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious benefits, like endurance cardio.

Carla S., RN and SCI survivor, Huntsville AL

Going back into an inpatient setting & doing Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, intuitively, feels like going backward. I believe at home physical therapy with the GHS makes so much more sense from a functional improvement stance.

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.

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.

Marlene M., cerebellar degeneration survivor, Corvallis OR

Using the Gait Harness System has been a life-changing experience. It is allowing me to restore my ability and confidence. It’s hard work, but it’s good work. This has helped me become stronger. It’s great to feel my muscles again.

Brook S., MS survivor, Anchorage AK

We got the GHS, and strapped me in for a virgin voyage. The first day I stood for about forty minutes doing some leg presses and just stationary standing. The next day I was s-o-o-o-o sore, using muscles in my legs and back that hadn’t seen any action in a while! I am super excited and infinitely hopeful, and now is the time for the hard work.

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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