Weight-Bearing Balance Evaluation
Balance may be defined as the result of several body systems interacting together - the visual system, the vestibular system and proprioception. Degeneration by disease or loss of function from injury can lead to balance problems and diagnosis and treatment presents a major challenge to the clinicians involved.
E-LINK ForcePlate systems offer a solution as they accurately and objectively assess the patient's ability to maintain postural stability on a static surface and evaluate progress over time as an outcome measure. Results help determine where treatment needs to be focused that is specific to the individual patient.
Many balance disorders require balance training and E-LINK ForcePlates are ideally placed as they provide the means for exercise immediately following assessment. Gradable, computer-based activities motivate the patient to exercise and address static and dynamic postural control, body alignment and weight distribution, thereby improving overall balance.
Four ForcePlates – DFP4 Dual Axis Weight-Bearing Evaluation and Exercise Kit
The E-LINK Dual Axis ForcePlate System scientifically quantifies the symmetrical weight distribution of the patient in both anterior-posterior (front/back) and medial-lateral (left/right) axes simultaneously. It therefore accurately and objectively assesses the patient's ability to maintain postural stability on a static surface and evaluates progress over time.
- Four ForcePlates are placed in a standardized Baseframe and positioned to accommodate difference stance widths for both paediatrics and adults
- Foot position is standardized on the ForcePlates (medial arch placed over the gap between front and back ForcePlate) and documented for each test, thus reducing variability for test to re-test reliability
- The standing balance assessment, undertaken for 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 second test, measures fluctuations in the weight distributed over the ForcePlates
- The results are displayed both in text and graph format for immediate feedback and analysis, with the average % deviation from the center documenting the symmetry of the patient's stance and the standard deviation % documenting stability
- Up to 10 tests can be compared simultaneously for progress reporting over time and the report may serve as an outcome measure
- Balance training exercise can immediately follow evaluation and feedback from the assessment helps determine where exercise needs to be focused
- The ForcePlates may also be removed from the BaseFrame, be placed on a chair and used to assess seated balance
- They can even be placed under the legs of a chair/wheels of a wheelchair where adaptation is needed for assessment (each ForcePlate accepts 100kg weight)