Maplewood Offers Gait Training

CANTON, NY--When an individual’s balance, posture, and coordination is comprised or nonexistent due to natural aging, stroke, vestibular lesion, or a musculoskeletal or neurologic disorder, the individual can be either be too afraid or unable to walk properly. Finding a facility close to home that has quality care, state of the art equipment, and trained specialists who can give you the one-on-one attention that you deserve is sometimes as discouraging as the diagnosis itself. But it doesn’t have to be.

The Physical Therapy staff at the United Helpers Maplewood Campus understands your needs and is dedicated to helping you achieve your independence. That is why they have installed LiteGait, a weight bearing therapy device that simultaneously provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement. LiteGait’s unique system redistributes the individual’s weight from the lower extremities to the abdominal region enabling individuals to begin gait training earlier in the rehabilitation process, free from falls.

After suffering from a stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body, Ruth E. Kyle, 80, from Parishville Center went to Maplewood to receive rehabilitation services. “My first day here, my therapist told me that I would walk tomorrow,” said Mrs. Kyle. “I couldn’t even move my arm or my fingers after my stroke and now I was going to walk?”

The next morning, Mrs. Kyle’s journey to recovery had begun. “I was wheeled down to the Physical Therapy Department to a device I had never seen before,” said Mrs. Kyle. “This harness was strapped around me, and I was able to walk around the room. I was even able to walk on the treadmill.”

LiteGait works well in both inpatient and outpatient rehab settings. It also creates the perfect environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, obesity, and orthopedic and spinal cord injuries. Patients can use the equipment over the treadmill or over the ground, and with a therapy ball.

“This device gave me hope, it’s a godsend for people who can’t walk,” said Mrs. Kyle. “The staff is wonderful, the equipment is incredible and the therapists inspire you to work hard. I am very grateful for the aid that I have received while at Maplewood. This was truly an amazing experience.”

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. To take your first steps towards recovery, call Maplewood at 386-4541 and ask for Physical Therapy.

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