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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Too Weak To Sit Straight

Posted on February 11, 2013. Filed under: Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Elderly | Tags: , , , , |

I had the opportunity to work with therapists from Life Care Centers of America last weekend. One of the patients we evaluated was a 92 year old female who was slumped over to the right and leaning forward in her chair. We couldn’t see her face just the part of her silver hair. She was very weak and frail. When we transferred her to the mat she required moderate assist. Sitting required very close supervision. We did the Balance-Based Torso-Weighting assessment and strategically weighted her posterior on the left and also forward. This allowed her to sit more neutral. When we added the rigid support of the trial lumbar sacral support she sat up and we could see her beautiful smile and blue eyes. The therapist had measured her oxygen saturation at 92 with a pulse oximeter prior to this treatment. When we transferred her back to the chair and she rested a few minutes her oxygen saturation was now vacillating between 93/94. This reading was taken after work which should produce lower oxygen saturation. She was able to produce a productive cough and clear phlegm. She also stated, “I feel straighter.” When we went to trial walking she scooted easier and stood with contact guard assist.
Why do patients sit slumped in their chairs? Are they really as demented as they may seem or do they just need balance and postural support to allow them to be upright and see the world? Think about the social isolation patients have when they cannot hold their head up to socialize. What consequences happen with the frail body that is unable to be upright for breathing and other bodily functions? Do we need to look at providing external support and balance? Was this a fluke or do you think providing the external support allowed better oxygen saturation?

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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.


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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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Multiple System Atrophy – Jose shares his story

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

Multiple System Atrophy

Jose has Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare neurological disorder that impairs the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Patients with MSA often exhibit ataxia or poor coordination and difficulty walking. MSA shares many symptoms with Parkinson’s Disease, such as rigidity and tremor, but patients experience more widespread damage to their nervous system. Additional symptoms include changes in and/or inability to make facial expressions, dizziness, loss of fine motor skills and balance, loss of the ability to sweat, gait changes, posture difficulties, tremors, voice and vision changes.

Physicians often make a diagnosis based on a patient’s history of symptoms, physical examinations, and ruling out of alternate causes. There is no cure for MSA, and no known way of preventing the progression of the disease in general. The goal of treatment is to manage and control symptoms.

Treatment includes prescription drugs aimed at specific symptoms such as low blood pressure and tremors, and in some cases a pacemaker may be used to regulate a patients heart rate. Physical therapy is an essential part of MSA treatment as well to help patients maintain their mobility and to prevent contractures, falls, and to ensure the patient’s general safety.

When I met Jose he was walking with very small step length…2 inches with a walker. He was going to pain doctors for his neck and back. After testing his balance reactions we placed 1.5 pounds in his BalanceWear orthotic. Immediately his step length increased to 4-5 inch steps. I know that isn’t much but it doubled what he was able to do on the same day. I didn’t see him for a month. When I did his pain in the low back was gone. He is now walking with a cane or without one. He is able to perform many more activities of daily living.

It is not about just changing symptoms. It is about applying interventions that improve mobility, balance and confidence. He still needs therapy to address his neck, improve his stability, endurance and walking.

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Spino Cerebellar Ataxia SCA6

Posted on July 27, 2012. Filed under: Cerebellar ataxia | Tags: , , |

Rolynn returned week six with her aunt Mia on the left, Rolynn in the middle and her mother Arlene on the right. They came in and I began the evaluation to  determine if I could help Rolynn’s Aunt and mother. Roynn had not worn her vest in three days. When I tested her she could lie down without any dizziness without the vest and NO downbeat nystagmus. In addition her heel to shin was as good as it ever had been even with the vest on…..and when I retested her she had gained a lot of stability. She no longer rotated or lost her balance backwards like she had. I was able to take one pound out of her vest. She still has 3/4 pounds. If you are joining please read the two posts prior as I have described all of the medical terms that I am speaking about today.If you  want to know what the vests look like then take a look at the ones above. Motion Therapeutics has strived to make the vests look like normal clothes. I think they have.

Stayed Tuned. We will discuss Arelene in the next day or so.


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BalanceWear in the News!

Posted on June 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Yesterday BalanceWear, Cindy and Mary were highlighted during the ABC News Cast.

If you missed it please take a look:-)

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New Video Highlighting BalanceWear and Balance-Based Torso-Weighting

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

If you would like to know more about how BalanceWear and Balance-Based Torso-Weighting works please see our new video. You will see patients transform in front of your eyes and hear from past patients.

Thank you,


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Balance-Based Torso-Weighting class in Oakland

Posted on March 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

This is an intermediate level class to learn how to correct directional balance loss with strategic weighting.

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