The Science of BalanceWear®

Motion Therapeutics is a provider of novel assessment methods and revolutionary products designed to improve balance, stability and mobility in many disease states utilizing our patented Balance-Based Torso-Weighting® (BBTW®) technology available in our BalanceWear® Series therapeutic products.

Our products are designed to:

  • Accelerate the recovery and rehabilitation of adults and children with balance challenges; and,
  • Improve the mobility, confidence, and independence of individuals.

Technology Evolution

During the treatment of a balance challenged patient, the inventor of the BBTW technology, Cynthia Gibson-Horn, PT, discovered a novel and effective way to treat balance problems. Research initially began using Ms. Gibson-Horn’s method on individuals with multiple sclerosis. The results were startling. Today this patented treatment system is called Balance-Based Torso-Weighting (BBTW®) enabled in the BalanceWear Series mobility products.

Realizing the importance of specifically where and how much weight is placed on the torso, the BalanceWear® Assessment Vest was developed to enable clinicians to customize a BalanceWear® orthotic for each individual depending on their specific balance requirements.

After years of research and development, Motion Therapeutics, Inc. was formed to help improve patients’ balance problems by training healthcare professionals in the use of our BBTW method for evaluating their patient’s needs and to custom-fit each patient’s BalanceWear® orthotic.

What is Balance-Based Torso-Weighting?

Balance-Based Torso-Weighting is a patented evaluation and treatment system consisting of an assessment procedure that in turn results in a custom weighted patient garment. A therapist assesses an individual’s balance to find problem areas in accordance with the BBTW Assessment Method. Once the balance dysfunction is identified, small non-obtrusive weights are strategically placed on the torso (trunk) to “counter-balance” and thereby improve balance control. Patients frequently report improvement during their first visit.