Introducing BALANCE ACTIVE®

An innovative new product to help regain and retain balance and function.
Designed by Physiotherapists in collaboration with engineers eXyo Design.

Balance Active® is a simple modular, lightweight design featuring an adjustable forward knee support. It provides a low tech, low cost solution to facilitate active standing and balance for those who have conditions affecting strength, balance and their ability to functionally stand.

Balance Active assembly & function

MULTIPLE USE ENVIRONMENTS

Balance Active is portable and can be used at every stage of the rehabilitation pathway from acute settings to intermediate care and ultimately the patient’s own home, maintaining continuity throughout.
“Having Balance Active in the boot of my car gives me confidence that if I need an ‘extra pair of hands’ in order to assess a patient I can go get it as required.”
Balance Active can be used at the bedside, in rehabilitation spaces, and in the patients’ own home. It can be used for face to face treatment or via remote supervision of prescribed rehabilitation programmes.
Balance Active can enable people with long term conditions affecting standing function to participate
more actively in activities of daily living, giving them an opportunity to self manage.

REDUCE THE RISK OF DECONDITIONING, LOSS OF FUNCTION AND FALLS

Balance Active facilitates safe, active standing and balance training by enabling recruitment of lower limb and trunk muscles as well as sensory inputs required for balance. It helps ensure patients are in the correct position, thereby optimally retraining functional standing. It contributes to managing fatigue and anxiety by providing graded support, which for patients recovering from Covid -19 is crucial.
“Using Balance Active during treatment gives my patients increased confidence during more challenging balance training. As a clinician I’m able to stand back and adjust input making treatment more effective. Patients reported being ‘happier’ using Balance Active”.
Balance Active can contribute to a reduction in wasted bed days due to deconditioning (pyjama paralysis), by engaging patients in safe functional standing and balance activities sooner after admission or surgery. This could reduce length of stay and reduce failed discharges due to falling, and potentially reduced care packages on discharge.

REDUCES SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS

Balance Active enables a single practitioner to effectively treat some patients that would previously have needed 2 people to enable safe standing. This maximises rehabilitation opportunities, particularly for patients with neurological conditions and frail older people. In community settings this benefit is even greater and can contribute to discharge to assess models of care.
“Balance Active is really useful and perfect for me as a single handed practitioner. I can work with patients that would otherwise need another pair of hands to do balance work. It makes my patients feel more confident to progress : without that confidence you can’t push them safely”.
Using Balance Active to reduce the number of staff required to deliver treatment also reduces the risk of exposure to Covid 19 for staff and well as releasing staff to see more patients thereby optimising capacity in the workforce.

Covid19: some basic facts

  • Of admitted patients 30% will require critical care , 70% will require other healthcare
  • 50% of those hospitalised are over 70 years old
  • Dangerously low Low muscle mass and function (sarcopenia) is underlyingly more prevalent in this age group
  • Average length of stay for admitted patients is 10.4 days
  • In older people 10.4 days of hospitalisation = 10 years of muscle loss
  • Reduced physical condition delays discharge
  • A high proportion of these patients will have reduced ability to participate in activities of daily living when recovering from Covid 19
  • Don’t forget our other patients need rehabilitation too

Balance Active: some basic facts

  • To frail patients and NHS staff, Balance Active is an essential and necessary tool for both recovery and prevention
  • Designed by Physiotherapists and refined by engineers to optimise rehabilitation of patients with deconditioning, leg and trunk weakness and fatigue
  • It is low tech and low cost
  • It is portable (2 x 5kg parts) so can be used where access to equipment is prohibitive
  • It reduces the need for a second clinician /assistant, thereby optimising workforce capacity
  • It can be used in the acute and community setting
  • Clinical feedback from Physiotherapists who have used Balance Active with their patients has been very positive

What's in the box?

Modular balance active unit (weight limit =100kg) comprising:

  • 1x non slip base plate
  • 4 x leg extensions
  • 1x adjustable knee block
  • 2x uprights
  • 2x light touch uprights
  • Carrying bag for easy transport (Balance Active® weighs 10kg)
  • User instructions

Availability

Balance Active is currently available for use in clinical, home and care settings, where it can be prescribed for use by a qualified practitioner.

Balance Active units are in stock @ £395+VAT and available for immediate delivery (£15 p&p).

If you would like to discuss Balance Active further or have any questions about its uses and benefits, please email info@balanceactive.net or call either Rachael Smith on 07825 271166 or Jayne Duffy on 07596 203292.

Using Balance Active during treatment gives my patients increased confidence during more challenging balance training. As a clinician I’m able to stand back and adjust input making treatment more effective. Patients also reported being happier using Balance Active.

Having Balance Active in the boot of my car gives me confidence that if I need an “extra pair of hands" in order to assess a patient I can go get it as required.

Balance Active is really useful. Perfect for me as I don’t have an assistant I can get much frailer patients “up". They feel happier and more confident to work in standing with Balance Active and are recruiting lower limb and trunk activity. I can treat patients optimally and safely.

We are using it as an extra pair of hands to enable one therapist to work with patients in standing. I’m happy to have my name associated with Balance Active.

The Balance Active enables therapists to explore and rehabilitate dynamic standing with people who have impaired balance or lower limb weakness. When using the frame I was able to facilitate alignment and posture more effectively due to stabilisation of the lower limbs by the device. The minimalist, lightweight design enables use of the Balance Active in any setting.