Archive for June, 2014

Self Satisfaction

Posted on June 11, 2014. Filed under: Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, BalanceWear - About Cindy, Be Your Best, Quality of Life, Success Stories, Uncategorized |

What brings you self-satisfaction?

To me, it is to know I have made a difference.

A difference in how a therapist treats a patient.

A difference in how one of our instructors trains other therapists to make a difference.

Today – There is a young woman who was in a car accident two years ago who had been in a coma and was in rehab for a long time. She received a free BalanceWear garment via a grant for ataxia.

This young lady will walk to get her high school diploma in So Cal. I am so proud of her even though I do not know her. Her parents will be so happy!

Last week In Kentucky a therapist worked with a young mother of two with MS who needed a walker. Once she had tried Balance-Based Torso-Weighting and BalanceWear was provided she didn’t need the walker. This will help her so much in taking care of her children and running the home.

Self Satisfaction…..
For me it is when I hear about what my invention and intervention does to help others. It gives me a deeps sence of contentment. Better than Yoga! SMILE;)

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Postural Control in Multiple Sclerosis with Balance-Based Torso-Weighting

Posted on June 10, 2014. Filed under: Balance, Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, Postural Control |

Here is an article on our research.

It is a bit complex but what it means is the following. Balance-Based Torso-Weighting (BBTW) can affect people in different ways. Some people have too much variability of movement and need less. Other people are too stiff in their movement and need more variability.

When the researchers looked at what normative movement should be they found that after BBTW their movement on either side of a normal range became closer to normal. BBTW is a very individualized strategic weighting technology. Each person is assessed and light weights are placed to provide input that decreases that particular person’s loss of balance. How the body picks up this information is also individualized because of their particular lesion site, how the afferent information ( nerve signals/ transmission) is relayed to the Central Nervous System, how it is processed, then how the messages are relayed back through the system for automatic postural synergies for balance control. This a very complex system. We are grateful that BBTW seems to be working to improve the process.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24903118

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Balance-Based Torso-Weighting and Fall Reduction in a BalanceMaster

Posted on June 2, 2014. Filed under: Falls, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment |

Background
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) fall frequently. Balance-based Torso-weighting (BBTW) can improve gait speed and increase time spent in single-limb support while walking. However, the association between BBTW and falls has not yet been examined in people with MS.
Objectives
Investigate the effects of BBTW on balance and fall frequency recorded by the sensory organization test (SOT) in people with MS.
Methods
51 people with MS and gait and balance difficulties completed the sensory organization test twice in a single session. The first test was completed without weights and the second was completed following the placement of weights on the torso using the BBTW method. Testing lasted 3 to 5 hours and data regarding falls and mobility were collected with and without weights. A mandatory rest break followed each test, and additional breaks were given as needed. In two cases, fatigue resulted in shortened testing. The composite scores of the SOT recorded participants standing for 3 trials each of 6 different conditions. The 6 conditions tested were eyes open (EO), eyes closed (EC), surround moving (EO), platform moving (EO), platform moving (EC), and platform and surround moving together (EO). The number of falls that occurred in all of these trials were tallied, both with and without weights. A fall was defined as touching the surround, taking a step, or being caught by an overhead harness. Paired t tests compared participants’ composite score and fall occurrence between conditions with alpha set at .05.
Results
A significant change occurred in composite score (CS) from non-weighted to weighted trials, from 50.9 to 60.1. A change of 8 points in the CS is considered significant. Twenty-eight participants (55%) increased their CS by 8 points or more (the most dramatic increase was by 38 points), sixteen participants (31.4%) increased their CS scores by 1-7 points, one participant (2%) had no change, and six participants (11.8%) decreased their score by 2 to 6 points. The occurrence of falls also differed between weighted and non-weighted trials. There were 212 (60.7%) falls in the non-weighted trials and 137 (39.3%) falls in the weighted. No correlation was found between the number of falls and the participants ages.
Conclusion
A significant decline in falls as well as an increase in balance composite score occurred with BBTW (weighted trials) during single testing sessions despite the potential for fatigue. BBTW is a promising intervention that may lead to a decrease in falls when worn by people with MS.

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Fall Reduction during Sensory Organization Test for People with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on June 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Clinical version
This abstract was submitted to the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers for their Annual Meeting, 2014. It was accepted as a podium presentation to be presented in Dallas TX on May 30, 2014.

Balance-Based Torso-Weighting Results in Fall Reduction during Sensory Organization Test for People with Multiple Sclerosis

ABSTRACT
Background: People with multiple sclerosis (MS) fall frequently. Balance-based torso-weighting (BBTW) can improve gait speed and increase time spent in single-limb support while walking. However, the association between BBTW and falls has not yet been examined in MS.
Objective: Investigate the effects of BBTW on balance and fall frequency recorded by the sensory organization test (SOT) in people with MS.
Method: 51 people with MS with self-identified gait and balance difficulties (Disease Steps 1-4) completed the SOT on the SMART EquiTest® BalanceMaster twice in a single session, once without weights and a second time following placement of weights using the BBTW method. Data were collected as a part of an extensive testing protocol, generally lasting 3 to 5 hours, in which participants completed additional impairment and mobility testing with and without weights. A mandatory rest break followed BBTW assessment and weighting with additional breaks given as needed. Participant fatigue in two cases resulted in abbreviated testing. The SOT composite score (CS) recorded participants’ quiet standing for 3 trials in each of 6 conditions: eyes open (EO), eyes closed (EC), surround moving (EO), platform moving (EO), platform moving (EC) and platform and surround moving together (EO). The number of falls occurring in all trials of both no weight (NW) and weighted (WT) conditions were tallied. A fall was defined as touching the surround, taking a step, or being caught by an overhead harness. Paired t-tests compared participants’ CS and fall occurrence between conditions with alpha set at 0.05.
Results: A statistically significant change (P=0.0001) occurred in mean (SD) CS from NW to WT trials, 50.9 (15.07) to 60.1 (14.88), respectively. A change of 8 points in the CS is considered a significant difference. Twenty-eight (55%) participants increased their CS by at least 8 points (range 8 to 38), 16 (31.4%) increased by 1 to 7 points, 1 had no change (2%) and 6 (11.8%) decreased their score (range -2 to -6). Fall occurrence differed between weighting conditions (P=0.02). There were 212 (60.7%) falls in the NW and 137 (39.3%) in the WT conditions. No correlation (r=0.014) was found between number of SOT falls and participant age.
Conclusion: A significant decline in fall number and an increase in CS occurred with BBTW during single testing session despite potential for fatigue. BBTW is a promising intervention that may lead to decreased falls when worn by people with MS.

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