REHAB CLINIC USES CONTROLLED FALLS IN THERAPY

May 28, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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A Toronto clinic is using controlled falls  to help stroke patients recover balance and avoid future falls.

The stroke unit at Toronto Rehab is known as the Balance, Falls and Mobility Clinic.

Its program is designed to assess patients’ balance and walking ability using state-of-the-art technology.

One of its assessment tools involves having patients fall or go off balance  while wearing a protective harness.

Strapped into the gear, the patient stands on pressure-sensitive force plates  that transmit data to a computer which maps how their footing changes in response to the controlled fall.

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