ADL Balance Blog

Crosswalk #6: Four Square Step Test (4SST) and Haas Balance Book

Crosswalk #6: Four Square Step Test (4SST) and Haas Balance Book

The 4SST is a dynamic balance test that assesses a patient’s ability to step over small obstacles forward, backward, and to each side. The Haas Bal...

Crosswalk #5: Timed Up & Go (TUG) and Haas Balance Book

Crosswalk #5: Timed Up & Go (TUG) and Haas Balance Book

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) is a timed walking test that helps establish a patient’s risk for falling. The Haas Balance Book is a collection of over ...

Crosswalk #3: Tinetti Performance Assessment and Haas Balance Book

Crosswalk #3: Tinetti Performance Assessment and Haas Balance Book

The Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment Tool (Tinetti) is a standardized assessment tool for balance and gait that helps establish fal...

Crosswalk #2: Dynamic Gait Index and Haas Balance Book

Crosswalk #2: Dynamic Gait Index and Haas Balance Book

The Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) is a standardized assessment tool for rating dynamic balance, gait, and fall risk. Based on results of the DGI, exerci...

3 Ways to Better Use Therapy Cones for Balance

3 Ways to Better Use Therapy Cones for Balance

If you use cones in therapy for reaching and/or balance exercises, check out the following 3 low and no cost ways listed below to help you get more...

Surface Matters for Static Balance

Surface Matters for Static Balance

Surface is the composition of the ground on which the patient is balancing. Surfaces that are soft, unstable, sloped (hills), or uneven (thre...

Take a “Stance” on Balance

Take a “Stance” on Balance

Stance is the position of the feet and legs in standing. Stance has a primary impact on balance, along with movement and surface. Stances that requ...

5 Ways Movements Affect Balance

5 Ways Movements Affect Balance

Movement is defined as a change in body position or location. In addition to stance and surface variables, movement has a primary impact on balance...

Not Functional? Not True.

Not Functional? Not True.

On occasion, I hear feedback that the ADL Balance Trainer is not "functional." We clearly promote it as a functional training product, heck it is e...

Why are Rehab Gyms so Small?

Why are rehab gyms so small? Regular, open-to-the-public gyms are around 20K square feet. My guess is that a typical gym in sub-acute rehab (IPR, S...

The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls

The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls

Standing balance is one's ability to remain upright and steady. Steadiness is maintaining the body's center of pressure (COP) well within the base ...

5 Steps for Learning to Stand Without Hand Support

5 Steps for Learning to Stand Without Hand Support

A lot of patients in post-acute rehab cannot stand without holding onto something - walkers, tables, grab bars, THERAPISTS, etc. Many of these pati...