People who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or dysfunction may benefit from locomotor training, an activity-based therapy. Locomotor training is a type of therapy to help improve and recover your walking movement through challenged practice while lower extremity weight bearing.

You may benefit from therapy to recover locomotor abilities if you're experiencing:

  • Impaired movement and sensations (impaired neurological body functions)
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty participating in activities of daily living

Trained Mayo Clinic physical therapists will work with you in locomotor training to improve your quality and technique of walking and functional mobility activities using several devices, including:

  • A robotic-assisted body-weight-support treadmill system (Lokomat)
  • Body-weight-support treadmill training
  • Body-weight-support overground
  • Overground activities (walking or standing)
  • Functional electrical stimulation

Your locomotor training will be based on your individual needs. Your individualized plan of care will integrate activity-based therapies of locomotor training into your home and community setting, including your daily living activities, transfers and overall mobility. Therapists also may incorporate physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and nursing into your treatment plan when appropriate.

Mar. 14, 2012