Medica - Balance for Life

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MedicaaTM?

MedicaaTM is a company focused on research and development in neuroscience and neuro-otology, dedicated to solve balance problems. Our products aim to improve patients’ quality of life.

What is the Balance Rehabilitaion UnitTM - BRUTM?

The BRUTM is a system that enables the functional assessment and therapy of patients with balance disorders, vertigo or instability.

The BRUTM allows early functional recovery after acute diseases of the inner ear and CNS, such as vestibular neuronitis, endolimphatic hidrops episode, laberynthitis, post traumatic dizziness, cerebellar stroke or posterior fossa surgery. It can rehabilitate patients with CNS disorders as well as with peripheral ones.

What is the Medicaa Balance SuiteTM - MBSTM?

The MBSTM is the software of the BRUTM, which works by means of virtual reality stimuli recreating real life situations.

Why does MedicaaTM focuses on therapy in balance disorders?

Nowadays, balance disorders occur with an alarming frequency due to the raise in life expectancy. According to NIH (National Institutes of Health), 42% of the population consult about balance disorders at least once in their life. The incidence increases with age and at 65 years old it is one of the most frequent consultation causes, according to an article published by Gerontology Journal in 2003.

Symptoms may go from less severe to severe, resulting most of the times, on a total incapacity. They evidence by dizziness, instability and vertigo, concluding in falls with risk of fracture.

Pharmacological treatment is not always effective because it reduces sensitivity, it can create habit and produce sedative effects.

On the other hand, balance rehabilitation training is possible by performing exercises with visual and somato-sensory stimuli.

With the BRUTM, a tailored balance therapy program with specific perceptual cues can be designed for each patient. Thus, providing the BRUTM to many clinics we are indirectly improving people’s quality of life.

Is it possible to acquire an effective therapy?

Yes it is.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a well known and effective technique.

Each of the functional assessments are performed while the patient receives specific sensory stimuli, with sensory perception cues, according to a predefined protocol. The patient performance allows identifying the stimulus where the preponderance of weakness is recognized.

Based on the identified stimulus, the physician can define a detailed customization of rehabilitation exercises according to the patient needs.

For those aged patients who have impaired postural control, two chronic sessions per week of sensorial stimulation with the BRUTM will optimize their postural strategies, and decrease the risk of fall.

What is a Functional Assessment?

The Functional Assessment is a sophisticated tool that consists of a force platform capable of sampling the position of the patient’s centre of pressure (COP). Quantitative indicators, derived from those parameters, are used to assess the patient’s condition, such as the COP area and sway velocity.

What’s the difference between an oculography and Functional Assessment?

They are complementary studies. The oculography assesses the vestibular ocular reflex, and the functional assessment the vestibular spinal reflex.

Which are the adverse effects of the BRUTM?

It has no adverse effects.
The patient should receive an explanation about the technique because, at the beginning, the BRUTM can increase his/her symptoms.

What type of risks takes a patient who uses the BRUTM?

The fact of not being an invasive technique, assures no additional risks. The safety harness gives the patient the safety and support in order to prevent him/her from falling during the procedure.

Can the BRUTM be used in claustrophobic patients?

Yes, it can be used.

Can the BRUTM be used in old patients with difficulties to move?

Yes, it can be used, although an easy access to the clinic must be considered.

If my patient feels a bit uncomfortable using the virtual reality goggles, may I train him by showing the stimuli in the computer display?

It is not recommended because the rehabilitation could be ineffective.
The patient needs to be isolated from the environment to receive pure stimuli.
With the virtual reality goggles and the darkening of the room, the only visual reference received will be the stimuli projected on the virtual reality goggles.
Another important reason is that the virtual reality goggles and the head tracker combined are used to generate stimuli combining visual and vestibular functions. These functions are impossible to combine if the stimuli were projected in the computer display.