Human performance is the essential outcome of neurological health.
Nothing happens without the central nervous system: the eyes would not move, the heart would not beat, the lungs would not breathe without that central neurological control. Everything is tied to it, and balance is the most crucial gauge of that, because balance is co-ordinated through different areas of the brain.
Ainone Balance® is a first-class medical device that was launched in 2019. It features a movement sensor attached to a strap which fits around the chest and which can be worn over clothing. The wearer goes through the standard balance testing protocols – standing with feet together, feet apart, on one foot, eyes open, eyes closed – and the Bluetooth connected display shows their balance score. If the score indicates a substantial difference between the user’s balance with their eyes open and eyes closed, the display will highlight that in red as a potential issue. The device also provides a rapid balance score, available in just 30 seconds.
Quantifying a patient’s balance score using digital measurement can help in identifying acute issues and problems which may worsen over time; and to make recommendations for lifestyle alterations or escalations to treatment if these are needed.
It eliminates the need to visit a laboratory or a physiotherapist; users can even perform the measurement at home or at the gym – although they must do so under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.
One way to identify the signs of neurological deficits is Romberg’s test, which involves examining a person’s balance when their eyes are open and when they are closed. If there is a significant difference between how well a person can balance with their eyes open and with their eyes closed, that can be an indication of potential neurological problems, including concussions and age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.1
Physiotherapists and healthcare professionals may be able to observe a troubling degree of swaying in patients just by observing them, but it is not always easy to gauge the difference between a patient’s balance with their eyes open and eyes closed, or to assess any changes or improvement in rehabilitation from week to week.
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