NeuroCom®, a division of Natus®, is a specialist in balance and mobility, and for the effective assessment and treatment of chronic dizziness, balance and mobility disorders. NeuroCom's mission is to advance healthcare in the areas of chronic balance, dizziness, and vestibular disorders, and other balance dysfunction and mobility problems related to neurological conditions and diseases, aging, and injuries.
Ability to maintain balance is a complex process that depends on three major components:
In a normal healthy individual our senses of touch (feet, ankles, joints), sight (eyes) and inner ear motion sensors work together in harmony with the brain. A person with a balance disorder, however, may have a problem in any one of these systems, or in multiple systems. In some individuals, one or more of the senses are missing and the person does not realize they are losing their balance. In other people, the brain gets confused and creates an inaccurate sense of falling when in fact the person is in balance.
Dizziness among older adults can be caused by a collection of subtle degenerative or infectious processes or injuries that in combination result in a balance problem.
Some individuals experiencing balance problems have an obvious medical diagnosis such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, or even a stroke that are primary sources of the problem. In other individuals with balance difficulties, the cause can even be subtle undetected forms of these diseases. A history of injuries, such as concussions, ear infections, or serious sprains or fractures, may contribute to a loss of balance control over time.
In addition, various combinations of medications, both prescription and over the counter, can be detrimental to our senses or brain and cause either temporary or permanent damage.
Because of the complexity of balance control, not all balance problems are the same. Because of the wide variety of balance problems, determining the cause of a balance disorder and what treatment options are the most appropriate can be difficult. In the last twenty years, however, there have been significant advances in evaluation and treatment approaches to balance disorders that have proven to be highly effective and offer relief to those suffering from imbalance or dizziness.
NeuroCom, an FDA-registered medical manufacturing company based in Oregon, has a complete range of balance solutions from simple, easy-to-use screeners to clinical research systems used in universities and medical centers.
NeuroCom, through its use of innovative force plate technology and advanced computer software has solutions that are used in diverse fields such as neurology, orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, sports medicine and community fall prevention for older adults.
The SMART Balance Master® utilizes a dynamic force plate with rotation capabilities to quantify the vertical forces exerted through the patient's feet to measure center of gravity position and postural control; and a dynamic visual surround to measure the patient’s use of visual information to maintain balance.
It provides assessment and retraining capabilities with visual biofeedback on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment.
The interactive technology and clinically proven protocols allow the clinician to objectively and systematically assess sensory and voluntary motor components of balance control. The objective data helps the clinician accurately identify underlying impairments for more effective treatment planning.
The SMART Balance Master includes the following standardized assessment protocols:
The inVision™ package from NeuroCom®, quantifies a patient's ability to maintain visual acuity and stable gaze while actively moving the head. The inVision™ package includes: