Body weight Supported Treadmill Training (BWSTT) systems are being used for rehabilitation in many practices all across the country for a variety of patient population, including those with neural impairments, orthopedic injuries and degenerative diseases.
It has been shown to be an effective way of retraining gait in patients with neurological injuries resulting from stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury.
The system can provide stability during locomotion and help progress weight bearing according to the patient’s needs.
It involves fitting a patient into a harness, which is attached to an overhead suspension system positioned over the treadmill portion of the unit. This suspension system is used to support a percentage of the patient’s body weight as the patient walks on the treadmill at various speeds.
Specially trained therapists provide manual assistance to improve the patient’s walking pattern, postural control, motor recovery, strength and endurance.