Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer
As Seen at APTA CSM: The venerable Rifton Pacer has been around awhile, but you’ve never seen it like this. Modularity is the key to the new Dynamic Pacer: Choose what you want and need, from a base with larger wheels perfect for outdoor settings, to wide arm platforms comfortable for leaning and balancing against. The new dynamic upper frame is easy to adjust and offers, Rifton says, 8 cm (3.15") of vertical and 5 cm (nearly 2") of horizontal movement. That enables this gait trainer to move with the client and can even complement the natural movements that come with walking. The Dynamic Pacer is available in three base types: The standard base is suited for indoor and outdoor environments, while the utility base’s larger wheels are great outdoors, and the treadmill/stability base is wider and more stable, and can be used with a treadmill. Accessories include those new arm platforms, a multi-position saddle, and hand loops. At February’s American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., PTs loved the Dynamic Pacer’s single-point height-adjustment system, operated so easily thanks to a locking gas spring. They also oohed and aahed over fun new colors (lime as well as bubblegum pink, shown) and a clever odometer tucked right over the wheel so you can easily see how far your client has walked.