I’ve written a lot about walking. This is another thing that I first wrote about before I knew that I didn’t know anything. They told us in PT school that gait and everything that goes along with gait is a PT’s bread and butter. So I guess that means I’m supposed to know a lot about gait. It’s been 2.5 years for me since the stroke and I forget how absolutely, devastatingly awful those first 6 months were. Brooke emailed me once(I hope you don’t mind this Brooke) and she told me that the PT working with her husband had told her that he might never regain walking ability and that their focus in therapy was going to be transfers. That’s crap. First of all, he’s 30 years old. He has like 60 years left on this planet. Second, his injury was in the cerebellum. Injuries to the cerebellum don’t affect strength or range of motion. He’ll walk Brooke. 🙂 I told her that this is HIS therapy that THEY are paying for so if they want walking to be the main focus, walking should be the main focus. A couple of people have e-mailed me asking if a certain exercise machine is good to buy. If your main focus is walking, get a treadmill. If your main focus is walking, then walk a lot. You might need a therapist’s advice in order to fine tune some movements but if that’s your goal, then do it. Even if you have to start for 10 minutes at 1 mph, do it. I can walk really well now. I guess it’s a tad obvious because 3 people at my gym have come up to me and asked if I sprained my ankle but they were all in absolute shock when I told them the real reason that my gait is a little off. Still can’t run though, but I’m getting there. My top interval speed on the treadmill is now 4.6 mph.