Methodology & Strategies for GyroStim Applications
GyroStim's data collection and monitoring features allow clinicians to provide patients with data-driven therapy sessions that are, efficient, effective, optimized, and comfortable.
UltraThera Technologies, the maker of GyroStim, collaborated with research scientists at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and US Army researchers at Ft. Carson, Colorado, in the development of a data-driven methodology for using GyroStim to improve the functional performance of the sensorimotor system.
The collaboration resulted in a flow chart expression of the strategic run-to-run progression strategy that utilizes subjective data and objective data for clinical decision support (CDS). This data-driven approach is highly effective, easily disseminated, and is the leading strategy for clinical applications.
GyroStim Run-to-Run Progression
GyroStim treatment is based on methodical, data-driven, incremental advancement to ensure optimal stimulation intensity while protecting from over-stimulation. The result is treatment sessions that are individualized, optimized, well-tolerated, efficient, and effective.
The flow chart at right illustrates how the subjective data and objective data are combined to provide strategic run-to-run progression strategies.
The GyroStim methodology provides the clinician with valuable and timely feedback that helps individualize and optimize the therapy session while protecting the individual from over-stimulation, resulting in therapy that is well-tolerated and effective.
“The biomedical scientific community is currently experiencing a dramatic expansion in how data are being used to generate new knowledge and accomplish the goals of reducing disease and disability and improving healthcare delivery. (Ottenbacher et al., 2018)”.
Examples of enhancement strategies
Physical / Situational
To exercise sensorimotor challenges specific
to the individual.
Passive: rotate while staring at a fixed point inside the rotating chair
Rotation while actively pursuing targets, with the option to engage in cognitive activities
Eye-patch on dominant or non-dominant eye
Subject wears sports gear (i.e. football helmet, hockey helmet) during session
Crowd/stadium noise or other appropriate background recordings are played loudly during the run
Various ways to engage and challenge
sensorimotor systems throughout the
Laser in the dominant or non-dominant hand
One laser in each hand, alternate left / right hand in sequence
One laser in each hand, alternate left / right per clinician's verbal commands
Laser mounted on head with headgear, or on other parts of the body as needed
Additional cognitive challenges
during GyroStim training to improve
multi-tasking and brain processing
capability. While rotating and hitting targets:
Counting up or down in sequence
Simple or complex math equations
Familiar list recitation
Short or long-term recall challenges
Laser-detecting targets offer
strategies for reinforcing
visuomotor, spatial awareness,
Targets placed at same or varying heights
Targets placed at same or varying distance.
Targets identified by colors, numbers, letters or shapes.
Custom targets: relevant to subject such as aircraft instrument panel