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Advanced Balance Technologies

Engineered Solutions for Improving Human Balance

Balance Engineering is a technology company that develops world class products servicing the health care community.  Our patent pending technology assists health care providers assess their patients’ physical balance to determine their risk for having an accidental fall and provide tools to enhance physical performance.  The goal is to provide data driven, objective information that helps care givers deliver preventative and rehabilitative care for those people most at risk of having a debilitating and life threatening fall.

Balance Engineering’s Equilibrate System objectively captures the essential measurements necessary to achieve a complete assessment of an individual’s balance disposition and the energy that drives it.  The Equilibrate System uses a system of upper body based, dynamic motion sensors and integrates them with foot force measurements delivering a comprehensive view of the body necessary to accurately assess human balance. 

Doctors, physical therapists and trainers will have access to a much richer set of data that truly articulates energy and stability factors and, with proper interpretation, outlines a more precise course to postural control.  The resulting ability to reduce fall risk exposure and fall predisposition can revolutionize how individuals of all ages are cared for and reduce the enormous outlay of dollars that are spent on fall injuries and rehabilitative care.  Additionally, because the system is engineered to be portable, the solution is not confined to an office or facility expanding the reach of the care providers. 

Why is balance assessment important?

  • One in three people aged 65 and older fall each year. 
  • In 2006, 37.3 million people were over the age of 65 in the United States representing 12.4% of the population.  By 2030, that number is expected to reach nearly 80 million representing 20% of the total population.
  • Over 11 million physician visits annually involve a complaint of balance related issues. It is the most common reason given by patients over 65 years of age for visiting a physician.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) reports the mortality rate from falls among older Americans has increased 39% between 1999 and 2005.
  • When a person over the age of 65 experiences a significant fall, 30% of those individuals die within one to two years;  40% need a nursing home; 50% who make it to rehabilitation never walk unaided again. 
  • The CDC indicated in 2000 the direct costs of all fall injuries for people over the age of 65 in the United States was more than $19 billion. As the population in the United States continues to grow older, CDC estimates that by the year 2020, that number will far exceed $54 billion.
  • Clinical practice interventions have proven to be effective in reducing the occurrence of fall related injuries and related health care spending.

Balance Engineering has identified the following markets as targets for their solution

  • Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainer
  • Assisted Living Facilities/Private Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Gerontologists/Internal Medicine/Sports Medicine
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Research Institutions
  • Occupational Therapists/Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Military/Veterans Administration

Why make the investment in the Equilibrate System? PDF

Balance Assessment Test Screen  PDF