Case Number 112109 - Total Brain Balance and Training Equipment

Contact: Doug Nienaber
Email: doug.nienaber@uc.edu
Phone: 513-558-3098

Description:  Dr. Brian Terpstra, founder of the Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Institute and Timothy Kemme have developed a device to improve strength, balance and gait which is especially useful for patients with balance disoreders.

Balance control is a complex relationship between the central nervous system (CNS), peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the skeletal muscle system.

Among the most important contributions of the CNS to balance control is cortical (higher learning center) integration of input from the proprioceptive, visual, and vestibular systems to interpret spatial orientation. Traditional balance equipment is designed to challenge either proprioception or the vestibular system. Proprioceptive training equipment is composed of a solid surface placed upon a base designed to cause the surface to tilt and rock to varying degrees. The magnitude of the challenge to the proprioceptive system is linearly related to the degree of movement.

Vestibular training equipment is composed of pliable foam, gel or air filled cushions that are designed to separate the source of proprioceptive input, the feet, from the ground. Additionally, this type of equipment provides very little movement, further limiting the input from the proprioceptive systems. Our new training devices combine the principles of a high degree of movement and employing a pliable surface to challenge all CNS systems involved in balance control.

By concurrently challenging the proprioceptive, vestibular and visual systems of the CNS during balance training our devices represent a new opportunity that can improve training for athletes and individuals with balance impairments resulting from disease or injury.

This technology has the following advantages:



To see the device in action see below: