Adaptive equipment use

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 Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 2
The Multi-Position Saddle (MPS) is the solution for easy, smoother transfers, especially for large or heavy clients. This short video shows the steps to quickly prepare, transfer and position a client for gait training. 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 Dynamic Movement
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...
PT/OT Evidence Update December 07, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
For decades already we’ve seen standing programs used as a therapeutic intervention for adults with neurological conditions. We’ve known that without such intervention, patients with spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries or multiple sclerosis spend hours and hours each day in sedentary postures—with devastating results. Sitting for upwards of eight hours a day leads to...
PT/OT The New Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer, So Much More Than a Walker November 24, 2015 by Lori Potts, PT
Often parents of children with disabilities – and adults who have incurred serious injuries – seek out walkers to enable better mobility and walking practice. While walkers have their place in rehabilitation, these very basic support devices offer very little when compared to gait trainers – and even less when compared to the new Dynamic Rifton Pacer gait trainer. What’s so...
PT/OT Studying Neurodevelopmental Disorders with the Rifton Activity Chair November 12, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
From school classrooms to radiology departments to hospital feeding clinics, the Rifton Activity Chair meets a range of positioning needs in a variety of environments. Recently we learned of yet another clinical setting where the Activity Chair has found a niche: in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders at the UC Davis MIND Institute, an internationally respected research facility. Here, the...
PT/OT Six New Features of Rifton’s Dynamic Pacer November 10, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
The 1980’s, a tumultuous decade by any measure, was also the period we first introduced the Rifton gait trainer. Aside from its original purpose—to provide a means of upright mobility for individuals with severe disabilities—much about the product has changed, largely as a result of the steady, rich flow of design feedback we get from therapists around the world. And that change...
PT/OT Why Dynamic Gait Training? October 28, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Walking is a complex function and dynamic mobility features are important in gait training equipment as they assist in creating natural and more typical gait patterns. When we talk about dynamic gait training, we are appreciating the often unobserved but significant shifts of the body (as indicated by its center of gravity) particularly in the vertical and lateral directions for energy efficient and...
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