The importance of balance in injury prevention and mobility
Falls, especially in the elderly and those with motor disorders, can cause injury, anxiety, and an overall reduction in quality of life [3, 4]. General exercise to improve muscle quality and strength, as well as balance-specific exercises, are often recommended for injury prevention, although exercise can actually increase the fall risk for certain subgroups . Finding safe ways to increase strength and improve balance are important components of injury prevention programs for patients at higher risk of falling.
How VoxxLife Technology can help with balance and stability
Incorporated into socks, insoles, and patches, VoxxLife technology uses a tactile pattern that activates somatosensory and proprioception receptors in the skin to induce changes in brainwave patterns that are detectable by electroencephalography (EEG). In a study of 69 patients, VoxxLife socks (referred to as Dermatome Neuropoint Activating Socks in the study) improved balance and stability control relative to regular socks by 36% , as measured using the Sway Medical Balance assessment tool .
Integrating VoxxLife technology into everyday use for your patients at higher risk of injury due to falling, and especially during exercise to increase patient stability, can be an effective supplement to your current injury prevention recommendations that can potentially deliver large improvements to a patient’s quality of life.
“Physical therapists in the hospital notice the improvement in their posture, their gait, and their stability.”
Steve Wolf, MD, Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon
“We talk about balance and risk of falls, and this has demonstrated unbelievable improvement in overall stability and decreased risk of falls.”
Lawrence Cox, DO, Family Physician
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Fiems CL, et al. Reliability and validity of the Sway Balance mobile application for measurement of postural sway in people with Parkinson disease. NeuroRehabilitation. 2018;43(2):147-154. doi: 10.3233/NRE-182424. PMID: 30040764.
Gerards MHG, et al. Perturbation-based balance training for falls reduction among older adults: Current evidence and implications for clinical practice. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2017 Dec; 17(12): 2294–2303. PMCID: PMC5763315.