Principles of gait rehabilitation and the efficacy of partial body-weight-supported training
Partial body-weight-supported (BWS) gait treadmill training has gained in popularity as a rehabilitation modality for a variety of conditions in recent years. Following animal-model studies in which spinalized cats were shown to produce hind limb reciprocal stepping following BWS training, similar training has been studied for conditions ranging from amputation to traumatic brain injury in humans. This article reviews the theoretical terminology and constructs related to gait rehabilitation, as well as the efficacy of BWS applied to a variety of rehabilitation conditions.
Body-weight support, Gait, Physical therapy, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury
Wilson, Daniel J. "Principles of gait rehabilitation and the efficacy of partial body-weight-supported training." Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 19, no. 3 (2007).
Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine