A gait belt can be a critical tool to help a loved one relearn the correct way to stand. With the right gait belt, you can also help someone walk in the early stages of neurologic rehab. And that is why gait belts made its way to our latest “product spotlight”.

Benefits of using a gait belt

  • reduce risk of falls for the person being helped
  • decrease risk of injury for the person helping
  • offer support to someone who has difficulty standing
  • help to keep the body upright in standing (not flexed forward)
  • start walking and standing earlier (when compared to not using a gait belt)

Traditional Gait Belt

A traditional gait belt is a single strap that goes around the waist. This type of gait belt is not designed to assist someone with proper sit to stand.  Nor  is it designed to assist someone with walking. In most cases, this type of gait belt is designed to help lower someone to the ground (should they lose their balance while they are standing).  And in fact, this is exactly what we teach family members in the hospital. In other words, a traditional gait belt is a “defense tool”. It was never designed to be an “offense tool” (ie: actually help facilitate normal movement patterns).

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The best gait belt to help with stroke recovery

Enter gait belts with leg straps. Short of going to a full on harness, a gait belt with leg straps is the best way to help someone learn the proper way to perform sit to stand.  Beyond that, it can help someone to stand and prepare the body for walking. So now, what started out as a “defense tool” turns into a rehab tool. The leg straps help the gait belt stay low on the hips which is the correct position to assist someone with the critical components for early standing

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