Archive for November, 2012

Thankful for Messages

Posted on November 25, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Two people sent messages via the mail this weekend who have gotten BalanceWear!

It made my Thanksgiving Weekend complete. One was from a daughter whose mother had gotten a vest and out of the blue she wrote me a beautiful letter thanking me for coming up with the vest. It has helped her mom move more naturally and less ataxic.”It even helped my writing.”

The second person I met in our research. She sent a lovely
Christmas letter with Life lessons of the year. Lesson Number 11.

“Participate in research if at all possible. NO MEDICAL ADVANCES HAPPEN WITHOUT RESEARCH. I responded to a call to research balance issues in MS at my alma mater (Samuel Merritt University) and wound up working with the inventor of the counter-balance-weighted vest. You are placed in a special vest and she “weights” you-strategically placing weights according to your balance deficits: 2 1/2 pounds here a 1/4 pound there, etc…and you end up walking completely straight as if you don’t have MS! It was invented by a physical therapist (no surprise) and it is miraculous!
I just wished it helped my fatigue! I wear it 2 hours a day as prescribed and it has changed my life. I don’t need a cane when I wear it!

Thank you for all the beautiful thoughts they are why we forge on to bring this medical product to others:)

It warms my heart to help others.

Cindy

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Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia – Heel to Shin

Posted on November 19, 2012. Filed under: Ataxia, Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, BalanceWear Stabilizing Garments, Cerebellar ataxia, Success Stories, Video Stories | Tags: , , , , |

Moving your heel along your shin in one fluid motion seems like an easy task. But for those suffering from ataxia, it can be a difficult one. Coordination is impaired and seemingly easy motions can become increasingly difficult. Rolynn suffers from Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia, and as seen in the video, has a hard time holding her heel to her shin. However, after strapping on the BalanceWear Stabilizing Garment, she is able to maintain her heels position much better and can move her heel up and down her shin at a much quicker pace. “It’s been nine years since I’ve been able to even keep my foot on my shin at all”, she says. Another exciting example of Balance-Based Torso-Weighting’s same day treatment results, increasing coordination and balance in an instant!

 

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Does practice really make perfect?

Posted on November 12, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

As Green Bay Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Today, neurologists can explain exactly what the coach was on to.

When you practice learning something new — playing the piano, dribbling a basketball or using your computer mouse with your opposite hand — you’re building new neural pathways in your brain. The more intense the practice, the stronger and more functional those neural pathways, and the better you can play the piano or the more likely you are to make a three-pointer with your non-dominant hand.

Fortunately, old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and as you get older your brain can continue to build new pathways and get stronger, even if it’s at a slower pace than when you were a kid. To make sure your brain stays toned and ready to fire, the thought for the day? AEROBICS. You can protect prefrontal and temporal gray matter volume and forge new neural pathways with daily activity. (Our suggestion for all ages: walking — 100 steps a minute for 10 to 15 minutes; then 2.5 minutes of intense walking — 130 steps a minute. Repeat at least once sometime during your day.)

Happily, this brain-building technique also can help folks who develop a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s, in which old pathways are lost and new ones are hard to develop. At Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, intense exercise improves symptoms for more than 30 percent of people with Parkinson’s.

Now, can you remember how to get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to http://www.RealAge.com.

http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.s…

As Green Bay Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Today, neurologists can explain exactly what the coach was on to.

I close every one of my talks with the Lombardi quote. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” The problem is is that many neurological patients do not always move perfectly. They do not have perfect motor control. I have found that many people are helped when their body is more balanced. Please see some of the videos on BalanceWear.

Patients are moving better because of a technique called Balance-Based Torso-Weighting. In the treatment we determine the directional imbalance and then strategically place small light weights to control the body. Immediately with in minutes the movement that the patient will achieve emerges.
Cindy Gibson-Horn PT

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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

Many veteran’s have balance and mobility problems that could be helped with BalanceWear. It you know someone who had balance or vestibualr problems due to their time in the services they may be able to get BalanceWear at the VA-Tampa and Martinez.

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Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia 6: Treatment for Turning

Posted on November 5, 2012. Filed under: Ataxia, Cerebellar ataxia | Tags: , , , , , , , |

People with balance problems often have difficulty turning. Rolynn suffers from Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia (SCA) which impairs her balance and coordination. Without treatment she experiences dizziness when turning as well as a feeling of disconnect and delay between her body’s movement and her vision. Her same day results using the BalanceWear Stabilizing Garment utilizing patented Balance-Based Torso-Weighting technology are incredible! She is able to turn in either direction an average of 16% more quickly and experiences less dizziness and loss of coordination.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FMiQV4cfgg

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