Archive for April, 2012

Balance Invention Developed

Posted on April 14, 2012. Filed under: BalanceWear - About Cindy | Tags: , , , , |

As a physical therapist, I work with patients with complex medical needs. Driven by a series of observations during my work with patients, I created and developed a novel treatment for patients challenged with abnormal balance and mobility. I would like to share the story of how I created and developed the balance assessment technique program known as Balance-Based Torso-Weighting® and the balance correction product now known as BalanceWear®.

I was working on an osteoporosis research study to determine whether community based exercises could result in improved balance and mobility with people after they had a suffered a fracture.  As a part of this research, we were utilizing weighted vests in an attempt to promote strengthening, balance, and improved mobility. We would add increasing weight symmetrically at the bottom of the vest slowly over a few months. People in our study would learn to sit to stand, perform lunges, etc while wearing the vest.

At the same time, I was also working as a home health physical therapist. One of my patients, “Mary”, had multiple sclerosis and very poor balance.  After working with Mary for a while, and seeing her struggle with balance, I had the thought “what if I could change a person’s balance by placing small amounts of weight strategically at different points on the body to counter-balance her directional balance losses something like placing small weights on a car wheel’s rim to balance the tire – wheel assembly?

To my surprise, amazing improvements happened immediately as soon as I tried my new technique. Mary improved from walking very poorly to almost normally. The only thing I had done was apply 1.5 pounds of weight to counter-balance where I found her directional imbalance. Not only did her walking improve but she could turn around, walk backwards, and reported she was less dizzy.  Her comment was “I don’t have to think to move.” We both started to cry.

When someone says they don’t have to think to move, it is quite incredible because that is what it is like when we don’t have any balance & mobility problems. Hmm… What had I come up with???

See the videos on the bottom right hand side of the page.

After that dramatic improvement with this patient, I couldn’t sleep. This totally new therapy changed Mary’s walking poorly to nearly normally. In the many years I had been a therapist, I never before had seen this type of improvement in a single treatment.

This realization changed how I treat patients forever! It changed how I analyze all patient balance and mobility care and created the passion I now have for correcting balance in all patients that I encounter.

That observation and treatment has now led to a whole new line of research in physical therapy.

I began trying out this concept on many different patients with a wide variety of balance disorders and learned that each person  has their own unique directional balance loss most of which could be corrected by Balance-Based Torso-Weighting: BBTW. When I corrected their balance by placing light weights strategically for balance loss, many people started moving better during the same treatment. I video-taped many of patients and showed their improved balance accomplishments to Dr. Gail Widener, PT, PhD at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California.

We have been doing research together ever since. Dr. Widener has been funded by the California Physical Therapy Fund and the National MS Society for research with BBTW. In 2010, Dr. Widener and Dr. Allen, PT, PhD at San Francisco State received a NIH Recovery Grant to further the study of BBTW in people with MS. We will be starting the second phase of this grant in May.

Some people in my blog state that I am really educated about what I relate in the blog. This is because I am the inventor, a physical therapist, an educator in BBTW, and a researcher in all the studies. I perform all the strategic weighting in the studies. I created, developed, and continue to work closely as we develop BalanceWear products for people with disabling balance and mobility conditions.

Stay Tuned:

My next blog will be about what BBTW actually is!

Be healthy and never stop trying.


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Parkinson’s Disease Treatment for Balance and Mobility – Cindy’s Interview with Robert Rodgers PhD

Posted on April 8, 2012. Filed under: Parkinson's Disease | Tags: , , , |

Helping balance and mobility with Balance-Based Torso-Weighting. Hear about the latest research on the blog radio show 🙂

See video attached in link below. I would recommend you watch the video first.

Happy Easter,


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Parkinson’s Disease-Video on line now!

Posted on April 3, 2012. Filed under: Parkinson's Disease |

Tune in on the blog radio show. Join me tomorrow at 3PM PST

I will be discussing Balance-Based Torso-Weighting Technology and this video.

This patient was in between diagnoses of Parkinson’s Disease and Spino Cerebellar ataxia. The medication for Parkinson’s disease was not helping her. With in twenty minutes I diagnosed the directional balance problems and strategically weighted her. She received a Balance-Based Torso-Weighting evaluation and the BalanceWear OW200 orthotic. Weights were placed strategically to control her balance problems. I will be discussing our current research in Parkinson’s Disease as well as Multiple Sclerosis.

This is a live talk show. I have so much to tell you.. Hopefully I can address some of your questions as well!

Here’s to your health.


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BalanceWear Live + PreRecorded Sessions + Poster at Annual Neurolgy Conference

Posted on April 2, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

April is a great month for getting the word out about Balance-Based Torso-Weighting; a treatment that helps balance and mobility.

I hope someone you know will listen in or attend the meeting!  Send me questions for the show this week and I will try to address them:-))




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