Specialized Therapy to Improve Gait, Mobility and Locomotion
TIRR Memorial Hermann offers specialized therapy for walking to improve patients' gait, mobility and locomotion, including GAITRite Gait Analyais and Lokomat® Locomotion training for adults and children as young as age 4.
GAITRite Gait Analysis
The GAITRite system records timing and distance parameters on a portable electronic walkway connected to a computer.
As a patient walks across the walkway, the system inputs data into the computer to document walking patterns, including both step time and step length. This captures abnormal walking patterns persons have adopted to compensate for muscle weakness, pain or limb shortening.
Patients using assistive devices and walking aides such as crutches, walkers or canes, use these during their gait analysis. Therapists can use this data to assist with interventions and treatment designed to improve balance and gait. The data also helps to show progress.
Lokomat® Locomotion Training
Patients with neurological movement disorders are benefiting from intensive robotic rehabilitation therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann Kirby Glen, using the Lokomat®, the world's first driven gait orthosis.
The Lokomat assists walking movements of gait-impaired patients and is used to improve mobility in individuals following conditions including:
The Lokomat is the first in Houston and only one of 100 in the entire world. It was provided for use at TIRR Memorial Hermann by a grant from the Medallion Foundation.
NeuroRecovery Network Specialized Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann is one of seven specialized member centers of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) NeuroRecovery Network. The CDRF has launched the NeuroRecovery Network grant program to provide support for the translation of basic science and applied research into intensive, activity-based rehabilitation treatments.
It will also support the establishment of specialized centers to provide standardized care based on current scientific and clinical evidence. The program is funded by a joint agreement between the CDRF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The therapy regimen includes highly specialized treatment strategies while using a body weight support system to optimize sensory cues to facilitate recovery of the nervous system. This treatment is provided daily during two-hour sessions and includes an hour of treatment on a treadmill followed by overground treatment time to increase carryover of the therapy session. Learn more about the NeuroRecovery Network.
Lokomat® Locomotion Therapy for Children
TIRR Memorial Hermann Kirby Glen is the only facility in Texas to have the Pediatric Lokomat, which allows intensive locomotion therapy for small children with cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders.
The Broughton Foundation, the Wednesday Charity Club and other individuals donated the funds for this equipment.
The Pediatric Lokomat is the first driven automated gait orthosis for children, which relieves therapists of the manual labor required during manually-assisted treadmill training. Training sessions can be longer, the therapy is more efficient and it can be expected to achieve desired training goals sooner.
With the Pediatric Lokomat patients from approximately four years of age can be trained with the Lokomat if the gait orthosis can be adjusted adequately. The reduced size robotic gait orthosis offers the same benefits as the Lokomat for adults. Special harnesses and cuffs ensure precise fit for small children.
Initial experiences have indicated that children generally enjoy gait training with the Lokomat. If a child requires extra motivation, a cartoon can be played on the patient monitor.
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Admissions and Referrals
Admission requires a prescription from your physician. Patients or families interested in ambulation, mobility and locomotion therapy may call (713) 797-5942 or toll-free 1-800-44-REHAB (73422).