E-LINK Four ForcePlates (DFP4)

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E-LINK Four ForcePlates (DFP4)


Art.Nr. E-LINK Four ForcePlates (DFP4)


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Four ForcePlates are ideal for evaluating a person's full standing balance based on the weight displaced over the ForcePlates and provide a platform for effective balance training exercise.

The DFP4 system is designed to accurately and objectively assess a patient's ability to maintain postural stability on a static surface, and evaluate progress over time as an outcome measure.

Balance training is another major benefit of the Dual Axis ForcePlate System. The interactive Activities bring an element of fun into the therapy session, motivating the patient to strengthen the lower extremities whilst also addressing proprioception, motor control and balance.

The DFP4 module includes 4 ForcePlates, a customised BaseFrame and a cable for connection to the X4 InterX Unit which acts as the USB interface to the Computer.

The position of the ForcePlates in the BaseFrame may be varied to accommodate different stance widths from pediatrics to adults. For additional flexibility the ForcePlates can be removed from the BaseFrame and used with other everyday equipment.

Although designed predominantly to be used with the lower extremities, the ForcePlates also provide evaluation and weight bearing exercise for seated balance.

E-LINK ForcePlates are the ideal, flexible system for clinicians seeking to address weight-bearing balance problems for patients in their care.

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E-LINK Four ForcePlates (DFP4)

An Exciting and Flexible System for Rehabilitation

There is evidence in research to suggest that exercise and balance re-training are effective in treating patients with balance problems. The exercise however, needs to be intensive, based on the individual patient's needs, functional in nature and progressive.

E-LINK ForcePlates are the key to such exercise requirements and provide clinicians with everyday solutions to help patients in their care.

The portability and modularity of the system enables the ForcePlates to be used in many diverse ways for patients whose everyday activities are affected by balance deficiencies or other problems:

  • Stroke and neuro patients - The real-time display gives immediate biofeedback which can be particularly helpful for those patients with 'pusher syndrome'. The Activities encourage neuromuscular retraining to improve balance control and can also aid vestibular retraining for gaze and eye co-ordination.
  • Amputee and post-surgical hip, knee and ankle patients - The Activities encourage steady, flexible movement through weight shifting, strengthening specific joints.
  • Spinal injury patients - The ForcePlates can also be used for seated balance and trunk exercise promoting flexibility and motor control.
  • CRPS patients - Exercise can be graded for desensitization therapy in pain management programmes.
  • Patients at risk of falling - The E-LINK ForcePlates promote repetitive, purposeful activity to improve muscle groups crucial for proper balance e.g. stepping stance in preparation for walking.

 

Evaluation

The patient is asked to stand on the ForcePlates with the medial arch placed over the gap between the front and back ForcePlates. Thus, foot positioning is standardized reducing any variability for analysis.

As the patient stands on the ForcePlates, the clinician easily activates the software to perform a timed balance test for 5,10,15,30 or 60 seconds. The patient's symmetrical weight distribution over the ForcePlates is scientifically quantified in both the anterior-posterior (front/back) and medial-lateral (left/right) axes simultaneously.

Fluctuations in the weight distributed over the ForcePlates are instantly measured and results displayed both in text and graph format for immediate feedback and analysis.

The average % deviation from the centre documents symmetry of the patient's stance and the standard deviation % documents stability of the patient's balance.

Up to 10 tests can be compared simultaneously for progress reporting over time and reports are easily generated for outcome measures.

 

Exercise

Balance training is a major benefit of the DFP4 Dual Axis ForcePlate System and the innovative, interactive Activities bring an exciting element into the therapy session, motivating the patient to exercise. Lower extremities are strengthened whilst also encouraging proprioception, motor control and balance.

For additional flexibility the ForcePlates can be removed from the BaseFrame and used with other everyday equipment to achieve functional goals.

Baseline measurements are taken of the patient's Limits of Stability within their comfort zone and these measurements are then used to set the single or dual axis activities. The parameters can be graded to suit the patient's physical and cognitive state, addressing various therapeutic objectives, as well as ensuring the goals are achievable for each and every patient.

The patient controls their balance for the activity by the loading and unloading of their weight distributed over the ForcePlates. Exercise graphs are generated for each exercise session and form part of the report.

The Activities can be saved in a set sequence and used again for the next session thus saving set-up time for the clinician as well as familiarising the patient to the Activities.

All the Activities can be graded for progression over time and help build up the patient's confidence in their abilities whilst exercising towards good balance control.

 

E-LINK Activities

Problems with balance are a common occurrence for patients following a brain injury or resulting from a chronic medical condition. Poor co-ordination and a loss of stability can lead to a lack of confidence and pre-dispose to falls.

In collaboration with clinicians, E-LINK Activities have been designed to meet the needs of patients following a Stroke or those with neurological problems as well as those with orthopedic conditions who may be well used to using Computer-based Activities.

The Activities therefore can be as simple as moving a ball from one side of the screen to another and holding the ball on a wall for a determined length of time; or just holding the seesaw in a steady balance. At the other end of the scale, the Activity may involve moving a marble through a complex maze or placing many jigsaw pieces in a puzzle.

All the Activities can be graded for progression over time and help build up the patient's confidence in their abilities whilst exercising towards good balance control.

Two ForcePlates require the X4 InterX Unit as the interface to the computer.

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