Gait Therapy effective in Stroke treatment

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Gait therapy or therapy that focuses on regaining walking skills will be done by some stroke survivors. It is becoming more and more popular among physical therapists to use a treadmill for this type of rehabilition. Recent research focused on this form of gait therapy with the goal of increasing walking speed.

Gait Therapy

Gait Therapy

The theory is the basic sport physiology idea of progressive overload, where the body is stressed and asked to adapt as a response. In this case the stress is in the form of progressive treadmill training in combination with conventional physical therapy training and added neuromuscular components. Traditional and more conventional methods of rehabilition have proven ineffective in restoring normal gait to many post stroke patients.

Recent research set out to test and refine the protocol for treadmill training for stroke gait rehab. The goal of the study was to aquire clinical data that this type of treadmill training would aid the walking ability of stroke patients.

One of the main goals of the study was to conclude whether speed training on the treadmill will restore what is called “volitional gait” to stroke survivors. The research showed distinct differences in the walking of stroke versus non stroke people. This difference was termed a walking deficiency.

At the conclusion of the study, there were some specific gains for the stroke subjects which inlcuded:
*Adding strength – better strength helps gait
*Increased co-ordination – through repetition the mind body connection was retrained
* Gait improvement – a more normalised stride length
* Kinematics – the science of motion
* Endurance – a healthier cardiovascular system
* Quality of life – more confident and secure with overall walking.

The study offers a unique new way for stroke victims to improve their level of mobility and offers far reaching implications in the treatments that can improve the everyday quality of life.

What techniques have you found helpful in your gait therapy? Leave your comments below.

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