Balance-Based Torso-Weighting: Augmenting Sensory Information Via the Trunk
BalanceWear® is a totally new, wearable “counter-balancing” orthosis that helps control balance and improves mobility in many people. Positive research evidence demonstrates same-session improvements in both Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. BalanceWear® will improve balance and mobility in the setting of most balance disorders regardless of the actual cause of the imbalance problem. Clinical improvements are seen in a multitude of patients with conditions affecting balance. Improper balance can adversely affect walking ability, concentration, coordination and independence.
BalanceWear was developed by a physical therapist after a series of observations during her work with patients suffering balance problems. She created and developed a novel treatment for patients challenged with abnormal balance and mobility. She created and developed the patented balance assessment technique program known as Balance-Based Torso-Weighting® (BBTW) and the patented balance correction product now known as BalanceWear®. Debra Clark, PT, DPT has been certified in testing and fitting for the Balance Based Torso-Weighting. Certification requires demonstrating background knowledge of postural control, understanding clinical objectives and practice BBTW techniques, demonstrating competence in these techniques.
When these normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing or turning, a strong pattern emerges creating structural weaknesses, instabilities, and musculo-skeletal pain syndromes. Balancing muscle activity around the sacrum (pelvis), the sternum (thorax) and the sphenoid (middle of the head) through a PRI approach best positions multiple systems of the human body for appropriate integrated asymmetrical function. Humans usually balance their center of gravity over their right leg for functional ease and postural security. PRI trained therapists recognize the more common integrated patterns of human stance, extremity use, respiratory function, vestibular imbalance, mandibular orientation and foot dynamics; and balance these patterns, as much as possible, through specific exercise programs that integrate correct respiration with left side or right side inhibitory or facilitory function.