PT Corner: Using a Treadmill for Walking Quality
[Source: Starfish Therapies]
In last week’s post we talked about weight shifting and trunk elongation to help walking quality and energy efficiency. This week we are going to look at using a treadmill.
For some kids who are working on walking quality and efficiency foot placement can be a big deal. How they take that first step can affect everything else that goes up the chain to the hips, the trunk, and the head. By using a treadmill you can slow down the speed so they have time to think about what they are doing and get in a lot of practice and repetition (remember: repeat, repeat, repeat…). We also added tape down the middle to help provide a visual cue for foot placement to help decrease scissor stepping (when feet cross over midline while walking instead of going straight in front).
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