Balance issues can impact nearly every part of someone’s life, extending from difficulty moving around to problems concentrating and completing everyday activities. Not sure what a balance problem looks like? Read our post to find out more about common symptoms and causes of balance issues.
The prevalence of balance issues within Canada prompted Heuro™ Canada to offer comprehensive, client-focused care plans that include innovative assessments, treatments, and technologies that promote neuroplastic healing at Heuro™-authorized clinics. For people affected with neurological symptoms, these plans maximize the potential for a better life.
Here are some key highlights about how Heuro™ Programs help.
- Comprehensive Assessments
Your journey in Heuro™ programs starts (and ends) with comprehensive assessments that provide a full picture of what areas might be affected by injury. Assessing where you are right now creates a baseline that’s unique to you and helps to gauge your progress.
Some of the areas assessed include:
- Gait quality
- Sleep quality
- Headache assessment
- Dexterity and mobility
- Walking speed
- Physical Therapy Meets PoNS™
Heuro™ Programs combine physical therapy with the use of the technology, using exercises selected for their ability to help clients improve balance with repeated training.
In all programs, clients will work with authorized PoNS™ Trainers at their chosen clinic. These Trainers are rehabilitation clinicians who complete specialized training through a certification course. The clinicians you may see during your training session come from a variety of different designations but all have clinical and coursework experience in neurological rehabilitation to ensure you are receiving the best care.
- Consistent Training
Heuro™ Programs provide a consistent schedule of training six days per week. This includes three training sessions a day, both in-clinic and at home.
The 14-week program is believed to promote neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change. Over someone’s lifetime, their brain will constantly be reorganizing itself to form new neural connections in response to their changing needs. The combination of stimulation with targeted training may enhance the neuroplastic effect, which results in functional improvements in balance and gait.
In this Heuro™ Program, we use approaches to leverage this important healing process to improve balance. Research indicates that multiple sequential training sessions lead to the reduction of symptoms.1, Learn more about the process and if it’s right for you.
How to access Heuro™ Programs
Available at select leading neurological rehabilitation clinics, Heuro™ Programs are available only by physician referral. You can download the referral form here (visit our Resources page for the form in French). Read about the referral process here on our blog to find out more!
1. Danilov Y, Kaczmarek K, Skinner K, Tyler M. Cranial nerve noninvasive neuromodulation: new approach to neurorehabilitation. In: Kobeissy FH, ed. Brain Neurotrauma: Molecular, Neuropsychological, and Rehabilitation Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press;2015:605-630.
2. Wildenberg JC, Tyler ME, Danilov YP, Kaczmarek KA, Meyer ME. High-resolution fMRI detects neuromodulation of individual brainstem nuclei by electrical tongue stimulation in balance-impaired individuals. Neuroimage. 2011;56(4):2129-2137.