Gail Widener PT, PhD and Diane Allen PT, PhD Receive NIH Grant to study the affects of Balance-Based Torso-Weighting

Posted on October 24, 2010. Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Project Title: Movement Ability Changes with Balance-Based Torso-Weighting in Multiple Sclerosis; Grant Number: 1R15HD066397-01

We will be studing the effects of BBTW in persons with multiple sclerosis at both Samuel Merritt University and San Francisco State University. This study will look at balance and gait with and intervention called Balance-Based Torso-Weighting.

This study will be using the BalanceWear 100 Evaluation Tool kit from Motion Therapeutics. Cynthia Gibson-Horn PT designed and patented both the BBTW method and examination device. In previous research at Samuel Merritt University we found that placing weight or moving the weight a half of an inch could change how a person responded to the weighting. The Evaluation Tool Kit BW100 is especially suited for ease of fitting and weight placement.

Another study using the BBTW technology in people without disability is at Samuell Merritt Univiersity in Oakland, CA. This study is recruiting people from 40-65 years old.

The BW100 Evaluation system is currently being used in Wisconsin, New York, California, and Connecticut. Therapaists are having good responses and people are starting to get the device for home use.

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