PT/OT

Weight-bearing Assistance and Pelvic Positioning with the New Pacer Gait Trainer

June 20, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
pacer gait trainer multi positioning saddle

Rifton’s new Pacer gait trainer has three options for weight-bearing assistance and positioning of the hip girdle:   1. the multi-positioning saddle   2. the hip positioner,  and   3. the pelvic support Here’s a brief description of each with our recommendations to help you choose the right one for your clients. Multi-Positioning Saddle The multi...

News Write a Caption, Win a Prize! June 13, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Our photographer captured this moment during a photo shoot of the new E-Pacer at a local facility. Write a caption and submit it in the comment box below. We’ll pick a winner on July 1st. The winner will receive a free Rifton bag.
News The Pacer Family Has Grown June 06, 2017 by Ray Mommsen, Creative Director at Rifton Marketing
You asked for an extra-large Pacer gait trainer. Today we’re happy to announce the arrival of not one but two new versions, the XL Pacer and the E-Pacer, to help you train your larger clients—and save your backs! The XL Pacer We’ve been making gait trainers for nearly thirty years, and lately we’ve seen increased demand for bigger models for adults and even large children. Our new...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Dynamic Seating for Children with Autism May 30, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Teachers and therapists working in inclusive classrooms continue to work to improve academic outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  One fascinating area of inquiry is seating modification to improve in-seat performance, as students may need to sit for five hours during a normal school day. In one recent article on the topic, researchers examined how dynamic seating options...
Tips & Advice Lifespan Care for People with Disabilities May 23, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Providing activity and mobility interventions for young adults with disabilities after they leave the school system is important, particularly for maintaining quality of life. Unfortunately this outlook is not shared by everyone. A physical therapist working with young adults with developmental disabilities wrote this to me after her efforts to get adaptive equipment for her clients had been...
Tips & Advice 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 ...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: The Relationship of Trunk Support to Head Stability May 09, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Trunk and head control is a challenge for many children with cerebral palsy (CP). This fascinating recent study examines how providing varying levels of biomechanical trunk support affects neural control of head stability, specifically for children with CP in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Levels IV or V. By definition, GMFCS Level IV indicates children whose walking ability is severely...
PT/OT Body Weight Supported Treadmill Walking May 02, 2017 by Justin Gilligan, PTA
At our Therafit Rehab clinics in Maryland and New Jersey we specialize in treating children and adults with neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy, stroke, TBI and Parkinson’s disease.  Time and again our patients tell us their number one goal for rehab is walking -- whether for the first time, relearning to walk or just walking better. And it’s no wonder. Walking is an integral...
PT/OT Boxing and Balance Exercise April 25, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Although on the market for over five years, the TRAM continues to surprise us. Here are some great ideas for using the TRAM in rehab, focusing on balance support and activity, from Jamie Haines, PT, DScPT, NCS at Central Michigan University. High-Intensity Boxing This patient has Parkinson's disease, Stage III. He was afraid to participate in an exercise class until he used the Rifton TRAM. What a...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Improving Services for Youth with Disabilities April 13, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
For a child with disabilities, few transitions are as fraught as the passage from youth to adult, usually around age 21. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes some provision for transitional services for youth as they prepare to move out of the school system for “further education, employment or independent living,” these services are often poorly defined and...
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