Adaptive ambulation

PT/OT Giving the Gift of Mobility April 25, 2016 by Denise Swensen, PT, DPT
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 April 04, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
Webinars 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.
PT/OT Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 3 of 3 March 13, 2016 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
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. Adaptive...
News Four Training Videos on the All-New Rifton Dynamic Pacer February 22, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
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 February 09, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer January 19, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Our new Dynamic Pacer has much to offer in the way of positioning options for people with disabilities. With three choices of bases, dynamic upper frame functionality, a multi-positioning saddle and so many other prompts and supports, clients can experience the best positioning possible for successful gait training. Therapists know how tough it can be to remember each client’s specific...
Videos Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 3
The Rifton Dynamic Pacer allows for customized positioning for each individual to improve positioning for better success with gait. There are many ways the frame and accessories can be adjusted during the initial trial and fitting. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS Adjustments Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training The Advantages of Dynamic...
Videos The Advantage of Dynamic Movement: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 4
During ambulation the pelvis wants to move freely, both vertically and laterally. Most gait trainers limit these normal biomechanics—until now. The new Dynamic Pacer from Rifton offers an upper frame with fabulous new possibilities: vertical movement for dynamic weight bearing and lateral movement for dynamic weight shifting. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS...
Videos Getting to Know the MPS Adjustments: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 1
The Multi-Position Saddle (MPS) is the ultimate positioning accessory for seated transfers and gait training. This short video demonstrates the five separate adjustments to the MPS that allow you to accommodate each client’s posture. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS Adjustments Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training The Advantage of...
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