Gait Harness System

Video Gallery

Gait Harness System In Action

Video Gallery

Post Stroke

Brain Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Neurological Disorder

Orthopaedic

Product Demonstrations

Robert, TBI survivor, Gresham OR

Robert suffered a TBI after being assaulted more than 13 years ago. He began using the GHS every day at his residential adult foster home. One of Robert’s frustrations when he was bed- and wheelchair-bound after his TBI was the loss of his ability to “get up and see the world. Walking again gave me my life back! Work hard, don’t give up. You need to know, if I can do it, you can do it too!”​

Dru M., Physiotherapist, Queensland Australia

I have a client with a brain stem injury who’s spent 16 years in a wheelchair. I couldn’t find the right equipment on the web. Then voila! Yesterday a colleague said he’d found it. I think he’s right. My client has watched the videos and is excited. It looks like the GHS will really get him moving. We are really pleased to have found your website and are glad you can help.

G. Birk, spouse of post stroke survivor, St. Charles MO

We used our new Gait Harness System with my wife S. today and had her walk with it – it fit her much better than equipment she’s used before and it allowed her to walk more successfully. This was also the first time we used the hand grips and I feel they also helped her walk more easily. I believe we’re on the right track now and can move forward! Thank you again for your help.

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.

Stacy Tomczak DPT, PT, Optimal Health Institute, Addison IL

Using the GHS has changed my patient’s life forever. At first, he needed 2 people just to assist him standing. Now, he is ambulating 40 feet with only minimal assistance to advance his left leg. He has also built up trunk stability and tolerance enough to weight bear through his legs. He continually verbalizes his excitement with each new gain. He wouldn’t be walking if it weren’t for the GHS. I can’t thank you enough for helping him achieve his goals.

William Thornton, MPT, Lead Physical Therapist, The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery®, Rehab Institute of Michigan, Detroit MI

The harness used in the GHS directs supportive forces (or fall recovery forces) through a much larger surface area on both thighs. Other, over-head harnesses direct these forces through the sensitive pubic area, which often leads to decreased treatment time and intensity.

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.

Sophia Bong, President and CEO, Strength Training & Recovery Corp., Grand Blanc MI

We have been using our GHS for years, and love it. We have incorporated it with the Interactive Metronome for gait training amputees. Our adult and pediatric GHS’s are both working wonderfully. We are even able to use one for the adults who are tall kneeling for gait training.

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.

Gene B., child of post stroke/orthopedic issue survivor, Quincy MA

Thank you so much for taking the time to work with me! I appreciate it greatly. I am very excited about the Gait Harness System. I am so impressed with everything about your company and the Second Step Gait Harness System!!! What a fabulous product! Thanks so much again. I am so encouraged by the Gait Harness System.

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.

Lois K., mother of TBI survivor, Branford CT

My son T. has been using the GHS at his assisted living facility for the past two years, two sessions a week. The System allows his PT to work with him in a standing position, which he enjoys. This machine is wonderful. It is a truly a Godsend!

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.

Gillian Medieros, OTR/L, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill MA

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down. Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter. Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. It was an amazing moment. It was unbelievable. We were blown away.

Joe Mitchell, Financial Aid Center for Long Term Care, Inc., Grants Pass OR

The Gait Harness System is a truly marvelous device that could no doubt help thousands of people actually regain their mobility, not just spend the rest of their lives being pushed around in a wheel chair or riding on a scooter.

Nicole Prieto-Lewis, Director of the Gait and Balance Research Laboratory, Gainesville VA, Gainesville FL

Patients cannot fall using the GHS as the harness is designed to support their full body weight if necessary. No walker or cane can compare to the safety of this System.

Karen M., wife of post stroke survivor, Austin TX

The GHS unit is quite stable, but it pushes Adan to engage his own core (unlike the Body Weight Support treadmill he has used in the past). I like the harness. It fits well and it is easy to connect to the unit. The braking function is excellent for resting and adds stability for standing tasks. It is definitely not too structured. It gives plenty of room for the user to move in a way that is natural and functional. It frees the therapists to work with him rather than support him, but having his upper body open unsupported is requiring him to relearn some fundamentals of functional gait. Recently, Adan has begun using the new hand hold accessory, and really likes it. We are both advocates of the Second Step product and see the benefit he has derived from daily home use. There are aspects of his stroke that are not as visible as walking and are not as straightforward to address, but this is something that Adan can attack head on. He has proven that he is willing to do the hard work, and when he faces walls, he finds ways over them. My job as wife and partner is to locate and hold the ladder.

Chase Knight, Program Specialist, Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Corvallis OR

I have used the Second Step Gait Harness System for 11 years with clients with stroke, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s Disease. What I like best about this device is the sense of freedom the GHS provides to my participants, be it ambulation, doing daily chores, playing games or carrying out PT orders. The Gait Harness System has given a sense of security, and quelled fears of falling, in many of our participants. Many participants who believed they would be wheelchair-bound forever can now get up and move about, rekindling self-confidence, strengthening their legs, and making it easier for caregivers to assist their loved ones.

 

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!

Malissa R., wife of BI and post stroke survivor, Alma AR

My husband had a brain aneurysm 11 years ago, when he was just 21 years old, followed by multiple strokes. I do daily therapy with him at home. He tried different equipment pieces at his clinic, but they all cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. He loves how the Gait Harness fits him, and is doing great.

Jonathan Potvin PT, DPT, Level Eleven Physical Therapy, Holly MI

We use our Second Step Gait Harness System on a daily basis with our spinal cord, stroke, TBI and other neurological patients. The handles have been great and have added a component that has been very helpful as far as increasing patients’ ability to maintain stability in the system. If the patient has lacking grip strength or if they are flaccid in one or both of their upper extremities we have also combined the use of grasping cuffs with the handles to help maintain patients’ alignment in the device.

John T., SCI & LE amputee survivor, Bannister MI

I didn’t walk for 14 years. With the GHS, now I can walk four laps around the track with small breaks in between and also crawl about the same.

Debbie Pitsch, PT, Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto CA

The GHS promotes a faster gait velocity, which is difficult to do with over-ground ambulation. I have found benefits using the GHS with amputee patients, who are fearful of falling, as it can promote less dependence on the parallel bars. I have observed the Gait Harness System may reduce anxiety and fear of falling, and improve motivation.

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.

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.

Jimmy D., MS Survivor, Clarkston MI

Using the Second Step has been amazing for me and for so many others. MS survivors have the motivation to keep going and to keep doing things and if we get up and can’t be mobile without the risk of falling, it is discouraging. We decide ‘I’m not going to get up out of my chair and walk across the room because I’m safe in the chair.’ But we want to go over there and with the Second Step GHS, I can go there. It motivates me to do even more. The comfort of knowing I’m going to be safe is #1. It was a big relief to me because if I’m in the GHS and I fall, I’m safe. I’m not scared to fall anymore. Second Step was there for me each and every way. Psychologically speaking it made all the difference knowing that Second Step had me, the whole way. I wasn’t going to fall and crash and burn like I have before. Working together, we’re making great things happen. What Second Step has given me is building confidence every day. Second Step has literally made a 3rd step, a 4th step, a 5th step, multiple steps for me and for others, and that’s the exciting part.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

Joe Bongiovanni, CBIS CDSS, Chief Operating Officer, Strength Training & Recovery Corp., Grand Blanc MI

When our clinic opened, we made sure one of the first pieces of equipment we had was a GHS from Second Step. The GHS is a valuable piece of equipment that can be a multi-exercise station and a feedback machine for gait training. Of course, it is also a gait training device that can be used indoors or outdoors. We utilize the GHS on outdoor paths during nice spring, summer, and fall days. The hand holds are a great new feature as they have allowed our clients to have a more comfortable hand placement during their use of the GHS. The GHS allows clinicians here at STAR to create a variety of fun and challenging exercises that breaks the monotony of traditional therapy, and achieves better client outcomes.

A. Flood, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

One of my veteran clients, who has a lower extremity amputation, lives in a rural area in South Carolina and inconsistently received therapy services at home. We helped the family get a GHS for them to work on his ambulation at home once he was discharged.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

GHS 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, leases, lease-to-owns and layaways are final.

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