The Science of BalanceWear®

Motion Therapeutics is a provider of novel assessment methods and innovative products indicated for patients with loss of postural control, stability, and balance. Many neurologic and orthopedic disease states, which can cause various types of postural instability and control loss, can benefit from our patented BalanceWear® Balance-Based Torso-Weighting® (BBTW®) technology available in our BalanceWear® Series torso stabilizing devices.

Our products are designed to:
Stabilize the upper body, waist, pelvis, or all three to address mobility difficulties that can occur with a loss of balance, or a loss of control of posture or alignment. In many cases, a rehabilitation program including BalanceWear® has improved patients’ mobility, confidence, and independence.

Technology Evolution

During a routine therapy session with a balance-challenged patient, the inventor of the BBTW technology, Cynthia Gibson-Horn, PT, discovered a novel way to stabilize patients with postural control problems. Today, this patented method is called Balance-Based Torso-Weighting (BBTW®) and is built into the BalanceWear Series of mobility products.

An individual patient’s unique directional instability requires a unique pattern of weights to be placed on the torso, so the BalanceWear® Assessment Vest was developed to enable clinicians to customize a BalanceWear® orthotic for each patient depending on their specific postural control and stability requirements.

Following extensive clinical research, Motion Therapeutics, Inc. was formed to address patients’ mobility and stability problems by training licensed physical or occupational therapists 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 system that 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” the patient’s directional instability and thereby stabilize the torso and address balance-related mobility difficulties. Patients frequently report improvement in their balance, mobility, and confidence during their first visit.