Positioning Checklist for the Rifton TRAM
The Rifton TRAM offers unique recovery opportunities in rehab, homecare and school-based settings with its capacity for supported ambulation, seated and sit-to-stand transfers.
As with any adaptive equipment, using the right supports and settings is important to achieving a desired outcome. This positioning checklist offers a way for clinicians to record in detail how they want each client treated.
Gait Training and Dynamic Movement
Building off the foundational concepts of neuroplasticity and motor learning, clinical gait training is an advancing intervention. With the aim to provide independence in gait and a full recovery for those with developmental or acquired disabilities, this discipline continues to incorporate new research and approaches into existing intervention protocols.
In the last few years we’ve seen increased...
Treadmill Gait Training with the Dynamic Pacer
Partial weight-supported treadmill training (PBWSTT) has widespread application particularly among patients who are not yet able to practice over-ground gait training. Unfortunately the equipment required can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Until now.
One of the valuable new features of the Dynamic Pacer is a base designed for treadmill use. The upper frame of the Dynamic Pacer clips easily into...
Which Should I Use For Gait Training?
Since our newest items, the Rifton TRAM and the Rifton Dynamic Pacer both have the capacity to support walking practice and have similar prompts, including arm prompts, trunk support, and walking saddle, therapists often wonder which to choose for ambulation or gait training.
Because the TRAM does a lot more than gait training – it’s a three-in-one device that combines sit...
Giving the Gift of Mobility
Typically developing children reach most motor milestones in a fairly predictable manner. By six months babies are rolling; by eight months they are creeping on all fours and sitting on their own and by ten-twelve months they are standing and getting ready to take their first steps.
During this part of the first year of life, typically developing babies are exploring their environment, interacting with...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Early Intervention Stepping Practice
Because bone is dynamic and responds to positive stresses and forces placed on it through weight-bearing activity, the authors of a recent study set out to examine the effects of early upright supported stepping on bone mineral content in a population of infants (1-18 months) with a form of spina bifida called myelomeningocele (MMC). They chose patients with MMC because this condition presents with...
Introducing the Rifton Dynamic Pacer
Watch Rifton’s on-demand video/webinar introducing Rifton’s Dynamic Pacer. The Dynamic Pacer is a gait trainer that achieves proper positioning and provides dynamic weight bearing and shifting for a natural gait pattern and easier stepping. In this 40 minute video, recorded in March 2016, the large Dynamic Pacer frame systems, accessories and features are explained and demonstrated.
Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 3 of 3
Today’s post is the third in a series of articles on the topic of adaptive equipment use in the classroom. Adaptive equipment, used appropriately, serves as a teaching tool for students to learn motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking, while engaged in the curriculum. This post focuses on walking, emphasizing the importance of reducing prompts to increase independence.
Four Training Videos on the All-New Rifton Dynamic Pacer
Rifton now offers four educational videos about the Dynamic Pacer. Since this product includes a host of new features, we think you’ll find they are excellent staff training tools.
Video 1: Getting to know the Multi-Position Saddle Adjustments 1:43
The Multi-Position Saddle is a fabulous new positioning accessory. Learn how to adjust the saddle for height, angle, and depth to provide the best...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Comparing 3 Pediatric Gait Trainers
Children with disabilities benefit both physically and socially from opportunities for independent mobility. This has been well-established (and documented) in the therapy community. In cases where children can’t ambulate independently, supportive gait training equipment helps them move to their maximum potentials.
Currently there are a number of adaptive gait trainers available to this population...