ALTON — OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center will open the doors from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, to feature the area’s only state-of-the-art Balance Center during an open house.
Area residents, physicians and health care professionals are invited to the Occupational Therapy Balance Center at OSF Saint Clare’s Medical Office Building, 815 E. Fifth St.
Visitors will see technology such as the Natus Balance Master and the newly renovated Occupational Therapy Balance Center. Occupational therapists Carol Babcock and Jordan Dietl will be available to answer questions.
As the community’s most established provider of balance therapy services, OSF Saint Anthony’s utilizes individualized treatment plans in conjunction with the Balance Master technology.
“We use the Balance Master to assist therapists with assessing initial balance capabilities, balance training during therapy and tracking progress after and in conjunction with other types of therapies,” Babcock said. “It helps reduce the fall risk associated with conditions like ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and neuropathy.”
The Balance Master utilizes a fixed 18- by 60-inch force plate to measure the vertical forces exerted through the patient’s feet to measure center of gravity position and postural control. The long force plate allows for enhanced assessment and training capabilities. The system couples visual biofeedback with sensitive, real-time monitoring of movements to help patients achieve greater balance control faster.
“The advanced technology allows us to evaluate a patient’s functional abilities and provides an assessment of positions or movements that provoke the symptoms,” Babcock said. “Based on the findings from the Balance Master, we design a personalized program designed to minimize symptoms, improve balance, teach compensatory strategies and increase functional status.”
For information about the open house, call (618) 465-2264.