Gait training is a type of physical therapy. It can help improve your ability to stand and walk. Your doctor may recommend gait training if you’ve had an illness or injury that affects your ability to get around. It may help you gain independence in walking, even if you need an adaptive device.
Gait training commonly involves walking on a treadmill and completing muscle strengthening activities. You may wear a harness while walking on the treadmill or doing other exercises. Your therapist may also ask you to practice stepping over objects, lifting your legs, sitting down, standing up, or other activities.
Gait training can be hard work. If you’ve been immobile for a while, the process of walking or relearning to walk may be physically and mentally challenging. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about any challenges you’re having. Ask them about your specific condition, gait training plan, and long-term outlook.