Health and fitness are particularly important for older Australians. As we age our sensory systems may decline, contributing to poor balance.
Now for the first time healthcare professionals can perform a multimetric analysis of a patient’s static balance using a single device.
THE MULTIMETRIC BALANCE MAT assesses a person’s balance ability, giving four different graphs and scores from a sequence of four different standing positions: normal, tandem, left leg, right leg.
This innovative system is designed to aid in the diagnosis of falls risk and health conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions and assist in the treatment of patients after injury (particularly sports injuries), stroke and heart attack.
It can also help older patients age well over time since we know that good balance is associated with good health, reflected in our motto of “Live well longer.”
Since balance is a key indicator of a person’s fitness, the Multimetric Balance Mat can assist medical and allied health and fitness professionals to better manage the health of their clients.
For doctors this advanced testing kit can not only predict who is at heightened risk of falling but aid in rehabilitation, especially with the functionality of being able to measure differences in a person’s standing ability on each leg.
For physiotherapists the system provides accurate and reliable outcome measures for a range of purposes including pre-employment screening, post-injury treatment, exercise rehabilitation and work fitness evaluation.
For chiropractors the product can be used to tailor programs to suit the balance improvement needs of clients.
For patients, having their balance assessed by their healthcare professional taps into a worldwide fascination with personal fitness metrics such as body weight, heart rate and number of footsteps taken.
The standard protocol is for the patient to stand comfortably with their eyes open and hands by their side. If you are seeking a balance testing device that tests balance with people’s eyes closed go to the Neurometric Balance Mat product page.
Powered by Balancemetrix technology, the system works by sensing and recording the continuous postural adjustments of a person standing on a rubber sensor mat during a sequence of four 20-second tests.
Balance data is displayed on a Windows 10 or 11 or Mac OS computer as a dynamic graph and score. The final graph, score, biodata, health status and relevant notes are captured in the test results system for later use, making The Multimetric Balance Mat an ideal outcome measure for medical and allied health professionals alike.
• Provides a more accurate, richer result than time-based testing alone
• Uses an objective measure to confirm professional judgement based on observation, knowledge and experience
• Gives real-time feedback on balance ability in different standing positions including separate results for each leg
• Identifies balance weaknesses for tailored exercise programs
• Positions the practitioner as a balance expert