Biodex BioSway is a lightweight, portable balance assessment and training tool that can help anyone from athletes or older adults improve their balance.
BioSway Training Modes
Postural Stability – Emphasize specific movement patterns or strategies by placing markers anywhere on the screen. Score reflects how many times a target is hit.
Motor Control – Challenges the user to move through a movement pattern consistent with one’s “sway envelope”, which is the area a person can move their center of gravity within their base of support.
Weight Shift – Patients are challenged to shift and control their center of gravity within two parallel lines, in the medial lateral, anterior posterior and transverse planes of movement.
Maze Control – This defined movement pattern encourages proprioception and motor control. Various skill levels challenge a wide variety of patients.
Random Control – Introduces a cognitive component to balance training. An undefined movement pattern where the patient is challenged to keep pace with a moving target. Ideal for motor control and vestibular training.
Percent Weight-Bearing – Provides real-time feedback on a patient’s foot, ankle, knee, hip, body side, and such. In this mode, targets can be set that encourage patients to focus on goals in anterior, posterior, medial, and lateral movements.
Who can benefit from the BioSway?
Older adults can be tested for balance deficiencies, and training programs can be established to help them remain mobile or regain their mobility. The portability of the BioSway allows the testing and training to be done either “in-facility” or on location. Note: ICD-10-CM Z91.81 History of Falling includes patients identified as “at risk of falling.”
Fall Risk Screening
Using the Fall Risk Screening capabilities of the BioSway, clinicians can test patients and compare balance test results to normative data.
The clinician uses the BioSway to assess balance and stability of those patients suffering from neurological disorders associated with Parkinson’s, Stroke or Peripheral Neuropathy, and to determine a course of treatment. The progressive testing and training modes are applied to treat and retrain balance and gait. Patients are motivated with real-time biofeedback while their progress can be documented and printed for review.
The portable BioSway is an evaluation tool, as well as a rehabilitative device, ideal for patients experiencing vestibular issues. Vestibular therapy includes balance retraining exercises designed to steady a patient while walking or standing through improvements in coordination of muscle responses and organization of sensory information. Coupled with the NEW VibroTactile System patients receive vibrotactile biofeedback resulting in improved postural control – eliminating the need for subjective verbal and hands-on therapist cueing.
Post Surgical/Amputee and Post Trauma Rehabilitation
The BioSway isa valuable tool when addressing balance deficiencies in post-surgical Hip, Knee and Ankle patients, as well as Amputee patients. Balance evaluation, retraining, lower extremity strengthening and weight-shift training can speed recovery. The post surgical patients benefit from evolving difficulty of the training modesand the real-time biofeedback. The clinician benefits from ease-of-use, trackable documentation and fast results.
Biodex Balance Assessment for Concussion Management delivers objective preseason baseline and post-injury balance assessment for athletes. Detailed summary and progress reports track recovery and provide quantitative data to aid clinicians with return-to-play decisions.
Would you like to know more about the Biodex BioSway? Make a request from Hawaii Sports and Balance Center and we’ll schedule an appointment to assess whether or not you’re a good candidate for the BioSway. Our skilled Kauai physical therapists will do a full assessment of your condition and needs. For more information, Contact Us Today at Lihue & Kapa’a, HI Centers.