All of our postural and stance dynamics integrate into the manner in which our feet connect with the ground. Analysis of these dynamics can be quite complex (TEKSCAN), however, a basic diagnostic tool could find applications in both therapist feedback and client training in a myriad of fields from Manual and Physical Therapy to Reflex Integration, Pilates and Dance. A tool as simple as a device that can record left foot/right foot load balance and front/back loading on each foot should be adequate. Ideally, such a device would calculate individual percentages of total weight as opposed to actual weight, as the ratios are the relevant data.
WII BALANCE BOARD
The Wii Balance Board (Nintendo) is designed to sense this raw data. However, this data can only be accessed through the Nintendo interface, which is proprietary. By replacing the Internal circuitry on the Balance Board with a Bluetooth interface that can talk to the iPhone, an app can be configured to immediately collect and present this data in a user-friendly format on a handheld device. This has been accomplished in the product described below.
STANCEALYZER – STANCE ANALYSIS TOOL PRODUCT DESCRIPTION –
This system is a simple and quick stance analysis tool built around an iPhone application. It presents individual foot front/back loading values as percentages of the total loading of the foot and left/right percentages of weight between the sides of the body. The percentages are presented on a basic Smartphone app. After the Balance Board is turned on, it is calibrated by a single click in the app. This is the same as setting the TARE function on a digital scale. The client then stands on the board and the values are collected by a single click. They are then stored and the second set of values can be collected after an activity or therapy for comparison.
This feedback on how the body is actually managing weight as opposed to the client’s experience can be a very powerful tool to aid them in improving their postural dynamics. Additionally, for therapists, it provides powerful feedback on the efficacy of their therapeutic interventions. These tools have a long history of use in modalities like Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, but until now have not been available at a price point accessible to most practitioners of Manual Therapy and other therapeutic and training interventions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Here is a separate page with instructions for using the Stance Analysis Tool:
INTERPRETING THE RESULTS
Here is a page on how to interpret the results of the tests:
INTERPRETING THE RESULTS
HOW TO PURCHASE
Launch set for summer 2020. Pre-orders May 2020 (Save $300.00)
The purchase price includes a “free” downloadable app from the iPhone app store.
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