Research

The BalanceMaster™ is a motorised unit providing a series of rotational stretching exercises that can be used for passive mobilisation or passive-active exercise. Rotational exercises are preformed at angles ranging from 0 to 15 degrees (in 2.5increments). The changing angle demands muscle activity to maintain balance. The devise challenges balance in a controlled manner, with distal and proximal motor and sensory changes and hence afferent feedback to the central nervous system such as, it helps to re-educate the motor sensory system.

The indication of the BalanceMaster™ for balance training and lower limb rehabilitation means that it can be applied to a range of debilitating diseases, even in the presence of reduced balance confidence.

The above studies show that BalanceMaster™ has an important role to play, not only on rehabilitation, but also in general fitness, especially for the elderly.

It produces functional movement patterns that improve joint mobility and dynamic muscle stability for the lower limbs and pelvic regions. The exercises can be tailored to the individual and can be either partial or full weight bearing. The devise has a range of programmable exercises that are easy to learn, enabling subjects to quickly reach exercise proficiency.

One of the great benefits of BalanceMaster™ is that many of the perceived barriers to exercising are removed. The device provides a system of exercise that is gentle and non-antagonistic but at the same time, quickly beneficial for those referred by doctors for exercise. It has potential to allow safe and effective rehabilitation exercise therapy to frail older people who would otherwise find physiotherapy a worrying or even impossible task.

One of the barriers to participation in exercise is a lack of confidence in the ability to do the exercise, to maintain the balance and to get out of breath. The BalanceMaster™ does not have these perceived barriers and the inherent exercise risks associated with using the rehabilitation equipment are low. A further advantage of BalanceMaster™ is that, with tailored training, the patient is able to enhance proprioception.

Body awareness is important in all everyday movements but especially so in complicated sporting movements, where precise coordination is essential. Professional sportsmen, for example, frequently suffer from ankle and foot conditions, and as such may have poor joint position – this ‘body awareness’ is something that can be address with regular use of BalanceMaster™.

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