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Arm Prompt Adjustment Tutorial

May 16, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT

The arm supports of the Rifton Pacer are central to good positioning and gait control. When placed correctly, they assist with weight-bearing, weight-shifting, head control, upper extremity stability and steering.

We find, however, that some users don’t make use of the full range of adjustments that are available on the arm prompts, hence this tutorial.  

Clamp Placement

Arm prompt clamp position on Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

The clamp is the foundation for arm prompt positioning. It can be placed anywhere along the top bar-- inside, outside, front or back (if using Pacer as a reverse walker).

 

Post Placement

Arm prompt post facing forward on Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

The arm prompt post inserts into the clamp in any one of four directions:

Post facing forward.

Arm prompt post facing outward on Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Post facing outward.

Arm prompt post facing backward on Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Post facing backward.

Arm prompt post facing inward on Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Post facing inward.                                                                                                 

 

A close up of a hand putting the arm support on a Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Loosen the knob below the forearm support and slide the support onto the post.

 

How to Angle the Arm Support Up and Down

Arm prompt angling up on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Position the posts facing inwards or outwards then rotate the arm support around the post to achieve the desired angle.

Arm support angled up.

Arm prompt angling down on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Arm support angled down.

 

How to Position the Arm Supports Forward and Backward

Arm prompt positioned forward on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

For a forward position, loosen the knob below the arm support and slide the support forward in relation to the disc underneath.

Arm prompt positioned far forward on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

For additional forward positioning, face the posts forward. (Remember to slide the clamp to the forward-most position on the bar as well).

Arm prompt positioned back on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

For a posterior position, rotate the disc underneath the forearm support 180 degrees. Then slide the forearm support back.

Arm prompt positioned far back on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

For additional posterior positioning, face the post backwards. (Remember to slide the clamp back as well for even more posterior placement).

 

How to Angle the Arm Supports Inwards and Outwards

Arm prompt angled in on a Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

The arm supports angle inwards or outwards. Loosen the knob below the arm support and rotate arm support inwards.

Arm prompt angled out on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Arm support angled outwards.

 

How to Rotate the Arm Supports In or Out

Arm support rotated in on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Position the posts facing forward or backwards and rotate the arm support around the post to achieve the desired position.

Arm support rotated in.

Arm support rotated out on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Arm support rotated out.

 

Adjusting the Hand Grip

A close up of a hand adjusting the hand grip on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Loosen the knob anchoring the hand grip to adjust both length and tilt of the grip.                               

 

Positioning Examples

An example of the arm supports positioned for asymmetry on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Example of the arm supports positioned independently to accommodate body assymetries.

Combine arm prompt angle with rotation for further positioning options.

An example of the arm supports positioned for a forward leaning posture on a green Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

Example of the arm supports positioned to accommodate a forward leaning posture.

 

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