The IH-GAIT physical rehabilitation equipment is supported by medical sciences and rules as outlined below.
As loading increases, overtime the bone remodels itself to become stronger.
IH-GAIT supports Wolf’s Law:
Patient is positioned standing upright for mult-idirectional application of pressure to spine, hip, knee and ankle joints.
Weight bearing in prolonged standing allows pressure distribution, shifting loads to joints and bones to left and right side of the body.
Greater than normal stress / load on body is required for adaptation to occur. Once the body has adapted, a change of stimulus is necessary to continue the change process.
IH-GAIT supports Overload:
Patient continues progression in therapeutic exercises without interruption, increasing exercise frequency and duration and level of challenge and intensity.
(SAID) Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. When the body is placed under a stress, it starts to make adaptations that will allow the body to improve at tolerating that stress in the future.
IH-GAIT provides:Said Principle:
Patient commences with low impact exercises and progressively increases levels of difficulty (may use rehab accessories and attachments). Patient continues regimen with more repetitions and increased intensity to improve body’s response to challenges or to normalize task performance.
Individuals lose beneficial effects of physical exercise when they discontinue exercising. Muscles atrophy and cellular adaptations such as increased capillaries (blood flow to the muscles) and mitochondria density reverse. Conversely, the effects reverse when exercising resumes.
IH-GAIT supports Reversibility Principle:
Patients lacking home help (from family members, caregivers or multiple physical therapist) will safely be able to continue therapy at home. Patients supported with standing, weight bearing and fitness training without fear of falling, with increased frequency and duration as tolerated and appropriate.
STANDING THERAPY PRINCIPLE
The advantages of putting users into a standing position include increasing bone mass, strengthening muscles, furthering respiration, and enhancing development of the hip socket. The upright position also increases users viewing area and enhances their feeling of well-being. Weight bearing is important to the user when developing and strengthening the hip joints.
IH-GAIT supports Standing Therapy Principle:
Increase of bone density
Decrease of joint contractures
Improvement of cardiopulmonary function
Increase bone growth