What is body weight support treadmill training (BSWTT) for the treatment of middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Feb 20, 2018
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Body weight support treadmill training (BSWTT) is an available tool to assist with gait training. Patents are suspended in a harness that can support a percentage of their body weight. BSWTT allows therapists to manually facilitate leg advancement and knee control with walking. Partial body weight support allows patients to walk at a higher cadence and to maintain their walking effort for a longer duration. BSWTT positively affects over-ground walking speed, and more severely impaired patients often see greater improvements in gait and balance dysfunction. [67]


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