Wondering if anyone has made or modified their own gait trainer or walker. I'm trying to figure out what will work best for me and appreciate any help. I mainly use a power chair, when I practice walking my wife helps me transfer to a up n free gait trainer that supports me with a bicycle seat and a strap around my waist. I'm secure and walk through the house with no need for a spotter. I've used this for a few years and it's been good but now I'm seeing I could make better progress and my legs get stronger if I could train more on my feet without the support of the bicycle seat. I got two arm platform attachments and put them on a regular walker and they support me okay and I'm able to take a few steps on the full weight of my legs. Not easy at all but I know better for me, the setback is I can't do it without a spotter for my every step. If I take a bad step and lean back too far the walker could tip back. So I’m wondering if there are any decent options for me to practice walking fully on my feet but also with a little security. My thought is a sturdy walker that won’t tip back and can support my upper body if I have a bad step. This type of walker looks sturdy and the forearm supports can be added: www.amazon.com/dp/B002VWK20I/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=7TOYETF0X9O1&coliid=I17BFLEPWY3BQ3
I was off the forum for a while but I'm still kickin, hope everyone is okay
Hi abacoian, I joined around the same time as this original post. Did you ever make your own walker? Are you still walking and if so, have you had any improvement?
I did not make a walker. I am still walking, thanks be to God. I am not able to practice walking hardly at all, I do regularly exercise a lot from the chair and use the easy glider standing frame regularly. I use a small foot peddlar probably 5x a week for 30 minutes. The crazy thing is I've probably gone 6 months without practicing walking (time and assistance is my limitation) but I just started back walking a few days a week about two days a week and it's like I hardly missed a beat, and everytime I try again it's a little bit better. It encourages me greatly I know working on other important exercise day in and day out from the wheelchair is what helps me walk better when I stand up. I want to be able to go from sit to stand unassisted, then I feel I would be able to practice walking more regularly. Any suggestions on what muscles and movements I can train from my wheelchair to help me stand, and how I can do those exercises? I also started getting on the floor a few days a week.