Sunday, May 31, 2009

Independent Treadmill!

Sidebars are GO!!

Here is Elena on her treadmill, moving independently thanks to Steve the Welder!

These bars are adjustable height, and removable so the treadmill and bars still fit under Elena's bed for easy storage.

The bars not only save our lower backs, but also allow us to help her initiate heel-strike, which we couldn't do when we were holding her by the waist. Hopefully, that will help her gait pattern. So far, she doesn't hold onto the bars with a "death grip", so she's not using her hands to stabilize herself too much--but she still (obviously) leans into her stride if not closely supervised.

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