The Balance Matters® system will benefit patients with gait and balance difficulties regardless of the underlying neurologic or orthopedic cause. Some medical conditions that can cause mobility difficulties include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, neuropathies, and head trauma. There are also some vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and can improve by using Balance Matters®. Patients with osteoporosis can benefit from specific balance training to prevent falls and decrease risk of fractures.
Therapists can customize the balance program to address the somatosensory, visual, auditory, or vestibular impairments using specific sensory feedback while working on the multiple components of gait. This includes push off, initial contact, weight shifting, pivoting, trunk rotation, single limb stance, and limb advancement. Qualified healthcare providers can efficiently transition from balance testing to treatment. There are hundreds of exercises that can be prescribed and embedded measurement tools provide objective documentation of therapeutic gains.
Patients who have significantly impaired balance and/or impaired gait can use their assistive devices while using the system. They can also exercise between parallel bars for safety during training as needed.