Safety Overhead Support System
Safety Overhead Support (SOS) System at FYZICAL
One of the greatest predictors for success with balance and vestibular therapy is centered around how much challenge a patient can be provided. Ask any therapist - using a gait belt is NOT a fool proof technique and that degree of challenge is restricted based on fear of the patient falling. Not only does the therapist restrict challenge based on fear, but the patient also restricts their participation due to an overwhelming sense of fear of falling.
At FYZICAL, we have changed the way balance and vestibular therapy is performed. Our clinic offers a Safety Overhead Support (SOS) System, an overhead harness support system consists of an overhead track and moveable trolly that allows the patient, while secured in a simple body harness, the freedom to ambulate, perform functional types of activities, and fall with minimal risk of injury.
So what does that mean? We are able to challenge a patient appropriately to achieve the best possible results with balance and vestibular function without the therapist being fearful of harm to the patient, and even better, without the patient having a fear of falling. It is amazing what can be accomplish when the fear component is eliminated and how quickly fall risk reduces when degree of challenge is no longer the main limiting factor.
The Safety Overhead Support (SOS) System is utilized in our clinic to address the following conditions:
- Falls Risk in patients
- Gait Retraining
- Neurological Rehabilitation (Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease)
- Balance Therapay
- Vestibular Dysfunction
- Meniere’s Disease
- Vertigo & Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Post Surgical Patients (Knees, Hips, Back)
- Spinal Cord Injuries