Curious about the new device in the West Ridge therapy room?
There’s a new piece of equipment at West Ridge! It’s called VirtuBalance, and it’s used by our rehabilitation team to diagnose balance issues, gait disorders, and measure your risk of falling. We’re excited to be the first long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids to use this new technology to help our residents.
How It’s Used
This state-of-the-art electronic device uses 3-D cameras and sensors to highlight areas on the body that need conditioning. For instance, if you have trouble getting out of chairs or reaching for objects, VirtuBalance tracks your movements to help our staff identify which areas of the body are weakened, making it hard to complete the task at hand.
VirtuBalance can also track your progress across multiple therapy sessions by showing which areas of the body have improved, and which areas still need still need help.
If you’re intimidated by the new device—don’t be—it’s completely non-invasive, so there’s no need to hook you up to any special equipment. In fact, you won’t even need to touch it! Watch the video below to see how it works.
Why Balance Matters
As we talk about in our fall prevention blog, falls are the leading cause of brain injury in the elderly and can have a big impact on mobility.
Fall prevention is critical to maintaining independence and staying healthy at all ages of life. Tools like VirtuBalance help our rehab team measure things like your ability to reach objects while standing up. This is important because it lets us to give our patients better recommendations that are tailored to their specific needs. After all, a patient who has difficulty standing due to chronic pain will face different challenges than a patient who has difficulty standing because of muscle atrophy.
Technology Keeps Getting Better
At West Ridge, we’re always on the lookout for technology that helps us improve our treatments and better serve our Elders.
We know that sometimes new equipment can make patients nervous—especially when they’re not sure what it does or how it works. If you’re ever curious about a piece of equipment you see in the therapy room, don’t be afraid to ask our rehab team about it! We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our equipment, our approach to treatment, or your personal rehabilitation plan.
This blog contains discussion about health-related subjects, and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnose or treat any disease or illness. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your doctor immediately or call 9-1-1.