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THE MULTIMETRIC 7

balance testing kit for balance researchers in falls risk,
ageing, physiotherapy, neurological conditions,
exercise science and exercise physiology

At last, a balance testing system that researchers can use!

Researchers across the globe have been searching for a reliable balance testing system for decades.

Now, with the development of THE MULTIMETRIC 7 balance testing kit, researchers in falls risk, ageing, physiotherapy, neuropathology, exercise science and exercise physiology can perform seven standard balance assessment tests using a single device.

A seven-in-one balance tester

Normal stance eyes open

Test 1. Normal stance - eyes open

The first or “normal stance” test measures the balance of a person standing still on the mat with their feet side-by-side. A score of zero indicates zero postural sway and implies the person has excellent balance. 

Normal stance eyes closed

Test 2. Normal stance eyes closed

Test 2 is the same as Test 1 but with the person’s eyes closed.

This extra functionality has been developed specifically for researchers into static balance ability and falls risk and particularly those assessing neurological conditions or the nexus between balance and certain medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

Tandem stance eyes open

Test 3. Tandem stance eyes open

The tandem stance test involves the person standing with one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. It tests lateral postural stability by narrowing the base of support and gives valuable information about the person’s sense of positioning, or proprioception, and motor coordination. Although many people find the stance difficult to maintain someone with excellent balance can achieve a score of zero. 

Tandem stance eyes closed

Test 4. Tandem stance eyes closed

Test 4 is a repeat of Test 3, only with the person’s eyes closed. As for Test 2, the extra eyes-closed functionality can be used by balance, falls risk and neurological researchers.

Left foot

Test 5. One legged – left foot

Sometimes called the Stork or Flamingo, this test requires the person to stand on their left foot on the Balance Mat. The time they can stand one-legged is an important indicator of balance ability. The dynamic graph and score give an extra and more nuanced reading. 

right foot

Test 6. One legged – right foot

This test requires the person to stand on their right foot on the right footprint. The ability to measure static balance on each leg independently and compare the results is unique to the Balance Mat. 

sit to stand

Test 7. Sit to stand

Test 7 is the same sit-to-stand test that is commonly performed by physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and general practitioners to assess people’s balance. As with Tests 2 and 4, Test 7 is an entirely new feature that has been incorporated into the Balancemetrix system specifically for researchers.

How does it work?

Powered by Balancemetrix technology, THE MULTIMETRIC 7 balance testing kit works by sensing and recording the continuous postural adjustments of a person standing on a rubber sensor mat during a sequence of seven thirty-second tests.

The testing kit comprises software and hardware for seven sequential balance tests (normal, normal-with-eyes-closed, tandem, tandem-with-eyes-closed, left foot, right foot stances plus sit-to-stand) and access to the Balancemetrix advanced analytics system to assist scientific research into balance-related health conditions, particularly those with a neurological dimension.

Balance data is displayed on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer or Android device as real-time graphs and scores. The final graphs, scores, biodata, health status and relevant notes are captured in the score information system for later use, making the system an ideal tool for medical, falls and allied health researchers alike.

Validation milestones

Clinical testing with more than 400 patients was performed at Hastings Medical Centre in Wauchope, NSW. This initial testing assessed the balance of each patient and at the time of writing in June 2022 a study of the correlation between diabetes and balance ability is proceeding.

The Balance Mat system was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in December 2021.

The product was launched by the Member for Lyne and former Minister for Regional Health Dr David Gillespie MP in January 2022.

Recently the Balance Mat was validated by researchers at RMIT University and the University of Canberra against force plates and inertial sensors. Papers in the scientific literature are in preparation and the results due to appear shortly.

For further information please see the news stories and company milestones on this website or contact us.

Why buy?

  • Pioneer multimetric balance research into health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Ataxia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy to name a few
  • Add the Wow! factor to your research results
  • Be known as an early adopter and supporter of this world-first patented Australian technology
  • Enhance your reputation as a global expert in balance research
  • Enjoy the kudos your university or institution will receive from your important, cutting-edge work
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