WHAT IS A DAVID HART WALKER?
We've had lots of requests for information on the David Hart walker so we hope the following will answer some of your questions. For more in-depth info about your particular requirements please contact them directly (details below). We are unable to comment or advise on individual medical cases.
The Hart Walker is a customised, orthotic, walking frame which encourages a normal gait pattern. It consists of bracing around the chest, pelvis and the lower limbs with movable joints at the hips, knees and ankles, which help guide each step while preventing any excessive or unnatural movements e.g. scissoring. The extent of the upper body bracing varies - some children may require only a simple waist strap, while others may require support to their chest and shoulders.
As the child gains strength and co-ordination and becomes more able to support his/her weight, the support mechanism is adjusted.
David Hart helping Hannah with her walker
WHO IS DAVID HART?
David Hart is a trained medical engineer working in the United Kingdom. After years working in a medical company, David now has his own clinic based in his home in Keighley. David developed the revolutionary Hart Walker after a family with a child with cerebral palsy visited him and asked for help. The Walker is now sought-after world-wide and has the potential to help thousands of children with a disability to walk.
The David Hart Clinic
Tel: 01535 667306 - telephone lines are open betweem 9am and 4.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
WHAT IS THE HART WALKER?
Although it looks deceptively simple, the Hart Walker actually has up to 1,000 working components. It is a walking aid, which allows children with severe physical disabilities, especially those with cerebral palsy, to learn to stand and to experience hands free walking.
As the child gains strength and co-ordination the support mechanism is adjusted.
HOW DOES THE HART WALKER HELP CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY?
This Walker allows children to experience walking often for the first time in their lives. As well as providing hands-free mobility, the Walker can also lead to a number of other health and social benefits. Parents have reported it can improve general fitness, build strength, muscle control, balance and co-ordination.
Use of the Walker allows easier social contact and increased self esteem that comes with standing, walking and playing at peer level. General health can also be improved as children who are constantly seated can experience respiratory and digestive problems.
WHY IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WALKING FRAMES?
The Hart Walker is an orthotic device, which enables children with moderate to severe disabilities to have hands free mobility. It is based on normal standing alignment and provides a normal walking pattern. There are no other Walkers which allow this.