NeuroCom International

SMART Balance Master®

Smart Balance MasterDescription
Assessment Protocols
Training Protocols
Optional Capabilities
Automated Documentation









Description

The SMART Balance Master® provides objective assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance with visual biofeedback on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment.

Moving Surface (Rotate)
Moving Surface (Rotate)
Moving Surround
Moving Surround

The System utilizes a dynamic 18" x 18" dual forceplate with rotation capabilities to measure the vertical forces exerted by the patient's feet; and a moveable visual surround.

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Objective Assessment Protocols

The interactive technology and clinically proven protocols allow the clinician to objectively and systematically assess sensory and voluntary motor components of balance control. The objective data helps the clinician accurately identify underlying impairments for more effective treatment planning.

The SMART Balance Master includes the following standardized assessment protocols:

Sensory Impairments Motor Impairments Functional Limitations
Sensory Organization Test (SOT)

Adaptation Test (ADT)

Limits of Stability (LOS)

Rhythmic Weight Shift (RWS)

Weight Bearing Squat (WBS)

Unilateral Stance (US) )

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Dynamic Training Protocols

Interactive, functional training exercises using visual biofeedback, coupled with sensitive, real-time monitoring of movement motivates patients to achieve greater balance control faster. Exercise protocols available on the SMART Balance Master can be tailored to meet individual patient needs and can be progressed as the patient's capabilities improve.

Proprioceptive/sensory-motor and visual training can be enhanced as the clinician can independently set the movement of the support surface and/or visual surround:

  • Responsive: The support surface and/or visual surround move in response to, and as a result of patient movement.
  • Variably Responsive: The surface and/or visual surround move in response to the patient, but the degree of movement varies each time the patient moves.
  • Random: The surface and/or visual surround movements are computer driven and are completely unpredictable so the patient must constantly adjust their balance in response to the changing surface and/or visual environment.

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Optional Capabilities

With the optional long (18" x 60") static forceplate, the SMART Balance Master can provide the additional functional assessment and retraining capabilities as included on the Balance Master®.

The Head Shake-Sensory Organization Test (HS-SOT) can be added to the SMART Balance Master for objective identification of abnormalities in the patient's use of vestibular inputs for balance during active head movements.

An EMG option is available, which provides additional stimulus during support surface rotations, and allows the clinician to obtain a detailed analysis of a patient's CNS and motor function.

Objective quantification of VOR impairment is available with the addition of the optional inVision™ package, which includes the Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA) and Gaze Stabilization Test (GST) protocols.

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Automated Documentation

The System automatically documents all assessments and training sessions for verification of patient progress and functional outcome. NeuroCom®, a division of Natus® automated reports.

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