REPETITION REPETITION REPETITION. || Once I was able to show that I could take a few steps in the parallel bars it was time to move on to Lokomat Gait Training. This machine removes my body weight by suspending me in a harness and the robotic mechanisms around my legs simulate the natural walking motion. This allowed for my nervous system to begin to relearn the walking motion even when my muscles were not yet strong enough to do more than 5 assisted steps. A computer controls the pace of walking and measures the body’s response to the movement. This type of training is crucial in the early stages of recovery because by controlling the repetitive walking motion the brain and spinal cord can begin to work together to re-route signals that were interrupted by a spinal cord injury. Over time my muscles became stronger and the amount of body weight suspended by the harness became less and less. Eventually I was strong enough to move my legs in this motion on my own and graduated from Lokomat Gait Training to pure Treadmill Gait Training.