Introduction

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Balanced Gait Test can be used by therapists to measure the degree of balance of their patients gait. It is especially indicated to monitor the evolution of patients during rehabilitation processes. It is applicable in Traumatology and Neurology including prevention of falls.

It uses a free APP to measure the accelerations produced during the gait movements. Use this link to download it.
Note that you can use a medium-high range smartphone without communications contract (you can use WIFI to connect the Private Area).

In addition you will need a belt bag to carry the smartphone.

How to

Balanced Gait Test

  1. Set the patient facing a rect, plain corridor with room enough for walking a minimun of 20 steps.
  2. Using a belt support, firmly fix the phone on the body with the screen centered and vertical towards the walking direction.
  3. Explain the patient must walk with decision maintaining a comfortable velocity.
  4. Push to start a new Test.
  5. Wait the end of the first three beeps to start walking.
  6. The Test finishes with a beep after the programmed number of cycles have been measured.
  7. If needed, send the Test to the therapist’s Private Area.

The main screen presents a list of available Test.

The result of each Test includes a linguistic report, a diagram and functions to share the results.

Subscribed users can access to more detailed results and additional functions.

Experiment with the tool
Try yourself to find out in which degree your own gait is balanced. Note that, in a first imprecise approach, you could carry the phone with your hands.

Obtain a belt bag
In order to use the instrument adequately, the smartphone must be fixed in the waist using a belt.
Here you can find an example of comercial product.

Professional use of Balanced Gait
If you are a therapist interested in a professional use of the tool you can register as a therapist in the Private Area.

Your patients can upload their Test to your Private Area and you can follow their evolution in remote mode.

Use cases

Balanced and unbalancedl gaits

It is important to realize that every person has a different style of walking. Indeed, a completely balanced gait is not the normal case.

Test from a balanced gait

Test from an intermediate unbalanced gait

Test from an unbalanced gait

CD: Cadency, ST: Temporal Symmetry, HT: Temporal Homogeneity, PW: Power, HF: Forces Homogeneity, SF: Forces Symmetry. The central number shows the reliability of the results.