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Methodology & Strategies

GyroStim's data collection and monitoring features allow clinicians to provide patients with data-driven therapy sessions that are, efficient, effective, optimized, and comfortable.

Collaborative Design

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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)”.

GyroStim Flowchart

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

Neuro-Motor

Various ways to engage and challenge

sensorimotor systems throughout the

human body.

  • 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

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Cognitive

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

target

Perceptual

 

Laser-detecting targets offer

strategies for reinforcing

visuomotor, spatial awareness,

and discernment.

  • 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

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