PT Month Day 20: Sandra Jo Rampy – MS Activist – Is Running Again With BalanceWear

Posted on October 21, 2014. Filed under: Achievements, BalanceWear LSO, Exercise, Hope | Tags: , , , , |

Sandra Jo Rampy has been an avid runner and athlete her whole life and has not let a diagnosis with MS stop her. When she was diagnosed in 2002 she began setting fitness goals for herself and never gave up on her body. Today she is Chief Encouragement Officer of the Rampy MS Research Foundation ( ), an organization run by Sandra Jo and her husband Scott. Part of what keeps Sandra Jo going is BalanceWear. BalanceWear has improved her balance and stability and she calls it a life changer. This week, for the first time in 6 years, Sandra Jo will be traveling and navigating a busy airport independently thanks to her new found stability and confidence using BalanceWear. Congratulations Sandra Jo! We hope you have a wonderful trip Below is a video of Sandra Jo taking a jog in her backyard. Before BalanceWear, she was unable to control her body while jogging and had difficulty coming to a stop. She now has a smoother gait and much more control. We are so happy to see her success! See how this activist is helping those with MS Website: Facebook: Twitter: @Research_MS

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BalanceWear: Patient Helped with Vestibular Issue

Posted on February 11, 2014. Filed under: Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Success Stories, Vestibular | Tags: , , , |

Vestibular Patient Helped with BalanceWear

Curry Durborow, PT, DPT Presented her poster at Combined Section Meetings.
Combined Section Meetings is the largest research meeting in the US for physicaltherapists. This year it was in Las Vegas.

Here is the non clinical vesion of the poster.

The individual woke up from surgery with severe dizziness, feeling like the room was spinning constantly. She was nauseous, had blurry and double vision, headaches, sensitivity to light and noise, and was unable to be in busy and loud environments. Her balance was also impaired, leaving her unsteady and unable to walk in a straight path. The severity of her symptoms limited her ability to participate in typical physical therapy interventions, and after several weeks of not being able make much progress, we tried the Balance Based Torso Weighting System.

With BalanceWear, the individual demonstrated improvements in her balance and walking, and reported less dizziness and room spinning. She was able to see with less blurry vision and her double vision cleared. While her sensitivity to noise and light and her headaches persisted for several more weeks, they also improved once she started wearing BalanceWear. With these changes, she was able to perform her exercises correctly, and began to make gains in physical therapy. The individual was wearing the garment for several hours a day at home, and in all therapy sessions.
The individual continued in therapy for 19 sessions after the introduction of BalanceWear, and was able to be discharged from therapy with minimal complaints of dizziness and headache, normal vision and normal walking and balance. At discharge, she no longer needed to wear the garment, and she was able to return to her regular hobbies and activities, as well as her job as a nurse.

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Multiple System Atrophy

Posted on August 27, 2013. Filed under: Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Multiple System Atrophy, Quality of Life | Tags: , , |

Multiple system atrophy, MSA, is a disease affecting many parts of your body. Much like Parkinson’s disease or cerebellar disease depending on the sub type representing most symptoms.
Symptoms closely related to Parkinson’s are tremor, slow movement, rigidity, and impaired balance and posture. While the cerebellar type is associated with loss of coordination, slurred, slow and or soft voice, difficulty with swallowing, visual disturbances; such a blurred vision or problems focusing. A prominent sign is postural hypotension which involves low blood pressure resulting in dizziness or lightheadedness when changing position from lying or sitting. In some cases there can be a rise in blood pressure when going to a lying position. Patient may also have difficulty controlling their emotions. There are many other symptoms one might experience with MSA.

This blog will discuss treatments with patients on opposite sides of the country.

The first one is today. I recently had the chance to see two individuals with MSA; one in North Carolina and the other in Calaifornia. Both individuals were in their 50’s and had professional careers but were retired due to their illness. Lucky for them they both had wonderful supportive spouses. They were at different stages of MSA.

One gentleman was wheelchair bound, required maximal transfers and could not stand or walk anymore. His wife reported that he was hardly able to read due to blurred and double vision and runs into things with the electric wheelchair. I wasn’t the treating therapist as we had several patients in the treatment room while I was teaching. I did help with his treatment however. He was a rather large individual. In the wheelchair during pretest he was unable to maneuver around cones without running over them. He had emotional outbursts of uncontrollable laughing while driving the electric wheelchair, testing his vision and especially during perturbations (Nudges to see where you fall off balance). His vision was positive for nystagmus (jerkiness of the eyes) and decreased convergence (decreased ability to bring eyes close to center when an object is getting closer to your nose). He held his eyes almost closed like slits. It was maximal effort to transfer him from electric wheelchair to the mat. He could sit with slight posterior loss of balance requiring him to hold his arms closely in front of him. He exhibited uncontrolled laugh.

After testing we placed the weights on him. This actually took the most weight I have ever used, five pounds strategically placed. We got him standing with stand by assist. His wife transferred him with minimal assist. His eyes opened more and were no longer slits. His uncontrolled laughing ceased and he looked relaxed. We repeated the vision tests and they showed some improvement. When we repeated the driving in the electric wheelchair he did not hit the cones. In addition his trunk and arms became relaxed. He watched the next treatment and did not have any outbursts of laughing. Can some of the outburts be associated with uneasiness? Hmm???

His wife stated that giving patients a little more ability is so gratifying to them. To the spouse also. This treatment was going to have the potential to decrease her work in tranfering him from the wheelchair to the chair or other surfaces. This was a double win for this family. Also improving the ability to steer his wheelchair will make everything safer.

I have not worked with many people who have been wheelchair bound but this treatment gives me hope that we can help make a difference for them with BalanceWear!

Stay tuned for the report on the next patient with MSA.


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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…

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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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.

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Conversation on Late night Health Radio August 4th

Posted on August 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |
Please join the show tomorrow night.

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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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Sensory ataxia

Posted on March 9, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I am beginning to think that patients with sensory ataxia can have some amazing results. Sensory ataxia is a form of ataxia (loss of coordination) caused by loss of sensory input into the control of movement not by cerebellar dysfunction. In general people complain of decreased ability in the dark or when vision is eliminated. If you look at Erica’s video you will notice that when Erica closes her eyes she becomes less coordinated with the reciprocal hand movements.
Causes of Sensory ataxia are sensory peripheral neuropathies and conditions causing dysfunction of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord.

[edit] References1.^ Moeller, J.; Macaulay, R.; Valdmanis, P.; Weston, L.; Rouleau, G.; Dupré, N. (2008). “Autosomal dominant sensory ataxia: a neuroaxonal dystrophy”. Acta neuropathologica 116 (3): 331–336. doi:10.1007/s00401-008-0362-6. PMID 18347805. edit

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