“As soon as I tried it my mobility improved tremendously! For the first time in over a year I am already walking without a cane. I am so impressed and so grateful.”
Palm Springs, CA
I have been using the Gait Aid system in my practice for more than four years, on approximately thirty patients with Parkinson’s Disease.Almost all of them had freezing of gait which was alleviated by using the Gait Aid’s visual and auditory cueing system. As freezing of gait is closely related to falling, any technique or device that can prevent falls (and further disability) is a blessing.
Their responses were carried over for several months after physical therapy was stopped; it is possible that the Gait Aid facilitates brain plasticity despite the fact that these patients have a neurodegenerative disease.
The GaitAid has become a mainstay of my treatments, as it provides visual and auditory cues during gait training. All too often therapy concentrates on movements but neglects sensory inputs. With the GaitAid it is easy to provide true “sensorimotor” physical therapy. The biggest surprise is that it even helps chronic conditions and late-stage Parkinson’s.
In my professional opinion, the Gait Aid is an important tool for rehabilitation.
Dr. Ben Weinstock
“In 2008, I started to experience strong freezing that would make me fall on my knees up to 25 times per day.Right on the first day, after using the GaitAid for 5 minutes, I walked all day long without falling at all!
Since then, I used it 5 minutes per day and I never fall on those days when I use it. My knees aren’t covered in wounds anymore.It’s now been two years that I’ve been using this device and its effect hasn’t decreased. Quite the opposite actually, since I’m more confident and I walk for longer periods of time.For now I’m still not cured, since the symptoms will come back if I stop using it…but I’m able to live as though I was cured.”
“I have gained so much in the past year, My Freezups are now non existent except at times when I am in a large crowd, and my walking has improved so much I don’t need to use my scooter .I still take my cane just for that feeling of security .
My coordination in getting dressed has also improved considerably. Two weeks ago Dan and I took a 7-day vacation to Florida and South Alabama where I got to go fishing and walk barefoot on the beach, also caught more fish than Dan. I am so thankful I can now recapture many of the things I have been missing like Travel, Family visits, Fishing, Camping, Shopping, And music.”
I received the GaitAid Walker and my first 2 sessions have been very encouraging. I was able to walk faster than normal and without freezing — also I walked much more than I’m typically able to do.
I even walked around the block this afternoon which I haven’t been able to do in many, many months.
I am very excited to see what happens in the weeks to come!
“I’ve been doing it almost every day –Today is the 1st day I Haven’t used it In About 2 wks.
When I 1st Read about only walking with them for about 20 minutes–I thought–Boy, are they Wimps ?? But that 1st day I took right off & walked for around a 1/2 Hour or 45 minutes–The next day I could Hardly Move ???
Then Nancy — My Wife — Reminded me — I Haven’t walked very much since 2006 –A nd since I’ve been having Problems Breathing for about 4 yrs–I get tired out Pretty Fast
But It’s really Helped me take off walking without a cane or anything else !!!!
“I’m just so excited! The gait training gadget is working for George. The minute he put it on he walked down the hall without me helping him start up. So you can imagine how excited we are!”
Palo Alto, CA
“Before using the Virtual Walker, I was very afraid to walk, it was impossible to keep up with anyone. I couldn’t walk without my walker. I couldn’t even open the front door of the apartment without losing my balance. I would only take my walker to the bathroom, not anywhere else.
Now I go downstairs to get the mail and wander around the apartment. I didn’t notice the change in my walking, my wife did. Now I practice up to 4 times a day.
Thank you for such a beautiful product.”
PD and MS patient,
“I ordered the gaitaid for my father. He now calls it his magic box. As soon as he put it on he was able to walk through doorways without freezing. He wore just the audio to play golf and won the round. Is it the sound and video together that might retrain his brain?
I am sold on it. We have been telling everyone about it. Dad took it to his last doctor’s appointment to show it off.
We think it is fantastic. From the moment my Dad put it on he stopped freezing. We took a walk on Thanksgiving with the device on and my Dad actually skipped. I hope you will get my message on the forum also. Thank you for your support and for the GaitAid.”
“My father is 68 years old. He has been suffering from Parkinson disorder for 10 years. He has been using Audio-Visual Walker device almost a year. From the first time he used the device I could see huge improvement. The most important thing was that from the freezing state he often suffered, he could walk again free. Now he no longer has problems with walking and walks like a healthy person. He doesn’t need to use the device any more.”
“When Jerry puts on the glasses and uses the device his gait is so markedly improved that I wouldn’t automatically perceive that he has Parkinsons.”
Dear Audrey and Amir, You are changing the world: Some of us have new life because of you. I want to tell you my story and the part the GaitAid plays in it, in case it motivates other people to benefit from your work.
I became crippled in 2001, (though it took until 2006 before a doctor suggested that the cause might be Multiple Sclerosis). I didn’t let it stop me. And my condition was bad. The physician who treated me the first year told me that 70 % of folks who suffered what I did “climb into bed, never get back out, and do nothing with the rest of their lives.” For some reason, I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t give up. I don’t say this to brag; it is just my story, so it is the only one I can tell. For example, I wrote and sold two books, dictating their contents from bed.
I was in such bad physical shape that it took a year and a half before I could sit. I could not even be propped up by pillows in bed. I had to lie flat, because just a pillow under my head was too painful. That year and a half was not spent passively waiting; I had to be aggressive: For example, a physical therapist gave me mega-amounts of exercise to do. Another example: I refused pain meds. I am not against them, mind you, but I personally needed the feedback the pain gave me during physical therapy. The exercise had to start very small. For example, my “walks” outside began with my inching my way along, shuffling, until I was thirty seconds away from my house, then I would carefully turn around, and shuffle the thirty seconds back home. That was a marathon!
But I am a stubborn woman, and kept pushing. I now have another ten-thirty years in me. I changed my diet, researched medicinal herbs, and so on. It is a miracle to be alive, to be able to sit all day now, and to be far higher functioning than I was seven years back. I can do all sort of things! I take long walks! (I can walk but I am not structurally stable. So I cannot stop or navigate around anything. I stay aloft by sheer momentum. It has been seven years since I woke up one morning crippled, and the lessons continue. Despite the fact that not many people improve to the degree I did, I am still seriously crippled. And I knew I could mend more, and faster. That’s when GaitAid came into my life.
I believed it was possible to re-pattern the brain’s functions, and the GaitAid does it for me – – what a relief! I don’t have to create methods myself anymore! All I have to do is put on the GaitAid and follow the instructions that come with it. It does the work for me.
GaitAid has helped me in other ways as well. Though my progress before GaitAid was exceptional, it is not enough – – I want maximum progress! After experiencing insufficient improvement for such a long time, the Gaitaid motivates me to work toward all the health that is possible. I had lost my steam in some ways. But the progress possible with a Gaitaid made me believe in myself again! And it renewed my hope for recovery. As a result, I was able to recommit to a more vigorous physical therapy exercise program that I had done in recent years. That program, in and of itself, is improving my movement. My sex drive has returned some recently. I think this is due to my overall health getting better, but I suspect that the GaitAd has played a part too, simply by waking up my body. It is a gift to feel sexual again.
Overcoming physical disabilities as extreme as mine does not happen if you think others should do all the work for you. I have to be pro-active. But the success I am having from the GaitAid gives me tremendous motivation to do whatever is needed to become as strong and healthy as possible.
Using the Gaitaid motivates me in another way, too. During practice sessions with it, I have better posture and an easier stride, both of which send my brain the message that I am strong and capable of dealing with this illness. It gives me a sense of empowerment. I feel more confident in my own ability to heal.
When I first started using the GaitAid, I asked friends for feedback. One friend told me I lurched less from side to side when walking. I did not know I lurched, but the GaitAid lessened it anyway. (I guess the lurching was part of the constant momentum that keeps me aloft when walking.)
Another friend said that my lower body was much less clenched and tense when moving. It has been a few months of using the GaitAid now, so I asked for more feedback. She said I am even more relaxed while walking, and walk in a rhythmic and more fluid manner.
Today after doing my GaitAid session, I had a strong sense of my feet and legs UNDER me, holding me up. MS has made my feet somewhat numb, so today’s experience gives me hope and motivation.
One last thing: Audrey, the support you give during our talks has been amazing. Your insights into how I use the Gaitaid and your suggestions about how I personally might best apply the Gaitaid have been so helpful.
Thank you. Thank you. Great inventions don’t always get used, no matter how much press or other attention they receive. So I don’t know how many people have bought your product yet. But whatever happens, keep going, because you are making such a difference for those of us who do use a GaitAid.
And that’s my story. Feel free to share it if it will help anyone.
Francesca De Grandis
“I have MS, use a walker and would like to stand up straight and walk as normally as possible, but I use the walker at work, etc because of my balance problems. I walk with the GaitAid on the side of the house with a cane and use the wall for support. Since I started using the GaitAid I could walk more, stand up straighter and not become as tired. I was starting to not lean on the wall so much for support, but the weather is hot now, but I will practice more anyway. It felt good to be able to walk more effortlessly and freely without feeling so much fatigue. I had to make myself stop sometimes after a while, It’s an experience that feels good. My best hope now is relying on Tysabri to keep me stable and waiting for stem cell therapy (I hear it is happenning in Isreal), but in the meanwhile it’s nice to have something non-invasive to help you walk better.”
Karen Neely, Camarillo, California