GyroStim and balance

The importance of a healthy balance system extends far beyond our ability to stand upright, move, and walk with confidence. Beyond maintaining balance, this complex system provides information that is essential to many other processes throughout the brain. Without it, understanding and interacting with the world around us would be virtually impossible. It is an integral and vital component of who we are and what allows us to thrive as humans.

 

The video above shows a high school basketball athlete attempting to walk in a straight line with eyes closed before and after using GyroStim to address balance problems following a concussion.

And yet, balance disorders affect millions of people in the United States each day:

  • “During their lifetime, 90 million Americans will consult with health care providers about vertigo, dizziness or balance problems. Over 9 million people each year will consult with their doctors about dizziness. Balance disorders are the second most common complaint heard in doctor's offices, and will occur in 70% of the nation's population at some point in their lives.”
    Source: National Institute of Health

  • “Falls account for 50% of accidental deaths in the elderly, and 8% of falls result in hospitalization.”
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • “Balance disorders can result from trauma, disease, or the effects of aging on all the balance-related systems. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to dizziness, vertigo, nausea, migraines, blurred vision, and various forms of postural instability.”
    Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  •  “35% adults aged 40 years or older in the United States—approximately 69 million Americans—have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction.”
    Source: Vestibular Disorders Association

Among other things, a healthy lifestyle requires a well-integrated and properly functioning balance system. Even when we are not consciously tuned into it, our balance system is constantly at work helping us understand and respond to the surrounding environment. GyroStim’s advanced technology gets right to the core of balance problems by stimulating and exercising sensorimotor systems and improving your ability to perceive, process, and react to the world around you.  It is the ultimate training machine for creating a better quality of life through better balance.

Use it or lose it

Balance is often characterized as a “use it or lose it” skill. It is a complex network of physical and neurological sensorimotor systems that work together with great sensitivity and timing to help us perceive, process, and react to our surrounding environment.

As we age, overcome illness, or recover from injury we may feel a subtle, or in some cases significant, decrease in our ability to do things that require reliable balance, i.e. walking, exercising, engaging in sports, dancing, etc. When this happens, we tend to avoid those activities which we are no longer comfortable performing. Much like a muscle that weakens from lack of exercise, our balance will further decline from reduced use, triggering a debilitating downward spiral in health and quality of life.

Recondition it

The good news is, in many cases the balance system can be rehabilitated by engaging in exercises and activities that challenge and recondition it.

GyroStim’s innovative technology provides a fast and effective way to recondition, rebuild, and optimize balance. GyroStim uniquely combines interactive, multisensory stimulation with “incremental adaptation” strategies that have been used successfully in aerospace medicine for decades.  This powerful combination of physical and neurological challenge is key to GyroStim's effectiveness. Automated, comfortable, and safe, GyroStim provides a wide array of balance training profiles for individuals from all walks of life and all abilities.

Pictures of progress

The two graphics below show the results of balance tests performed by a person with balance issues following a concussion.

BEFORE GyroStim:
Balance Profoundly Reduced
The balance data below was captured BEFORE use of the GyroStim. The test indicates a "Profoundly Reduced" ability to stand upright with eyes closed.

AFTER GyroStim:
Balance Mildly Reduced
The same test was repeated AFTER a 30 minute GyroStim session. The test results indicate a significant improvement in sway, fatigue, balance and stability.  

...because life needs balance.