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Balance-Based Torso-Weighting

Posted on May 11, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Balance-Based Torso-Weighting®:BBTW is an evidenced-based treatment system for patients with a balance disorders. BBTW consists of an assessment procedure to determine a person’s directional loss of balance and a treatment that results in a custom strategically weighted orthotic. More specifically, an individual is tested in either in sitting or standing in the least stable position to determine a vector or imbalance. In addition several perturbations are given at the torso to determine the person’s specific loss of balance in reactive control. The combination of loss is addressed with placing small, light, flexible, unobtrusive weights in an orthotic to counter balance and impart information to the body about upright control. A determination is made whether a rigid support is added to the garment for additional trunk compression and column support. BalanceWear is worn by the patient on a daily basis to control of the patients balance and mobility.
Randomized controlled trials demonstrated immediate same session improvement in walking speed in subjects with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Improvement in walking speed is often an indicator of improved balance.
Clinical improvements are seen in a multitude of conditions including: stroke (CVA), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Ataxia: both sensory and cerebellar, neurosurgical conditions, cerebral palsy and other balance and sensory conditions.

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