Motion Guidance Visual Feedback
Motion Guidance is an adjustable laser pointer rehabilitation and training tool that offers a simple way to add visual feedback external cues to your rehab sessions and home exercise program. With the Motion Guidance system, you can add a novel neuromuscular control component to virtually any aspect of rehab. For patients and athletes this feedback is intuitive, and allows instant recognition of motor control, as well a way to train and assess simultaneously.
The Motion Guidance concept: visual feedback can utilized in virtually any motor lesson desired. The Motion Guidance concept involves a simple ball and socket joint, that can be mounted on either a perpendicular or parallel mount, depending on desired direction of laser eminence. The laser atop the mount is used in conjunction with a flexible strap featuring a pocket, which houses the mount. The strap is placed on any body part to which visual feedback is desired.
The use of visual feedback can have a static, or dynamic function. Static function would include a patient keeping the laser centered in target, and moving a given limb, while attempting to keep the laser beam still in target. Dynamic function would include a patient moving while the laser is attached to the desired body part and its’ beam projects in accordance to their movement. The Dynamic use of the laser visual feedback can be used as an assessment, in that the patient is attempting to move naturally while the observer notes the pattern of beam movement, or as a training tool, where the patient intentionally attempts to keep the laser beam in the confines of a tracking grid.
Cervical tracking has many applications, and can be used as an assessment and as a training tool for the patients with various dysfunctions. Whether cervical tracking impairments are resultant of WAD, post-concussive, or simply from a pain-state, assisting the patient with visual feedback for their cervical neuromuscular control allows instant feedback and a simple way of exercising proprioceptive control.
Shoulder application of the Motion Guidance tool can include simply tracing patterns with sustained shoulder elevation, adding heightened demand for accuracy as the exercise duration increases. Dumbells can be added for an additional fatigue components, while still bringing motor skill into the equation.
Hip stability can be monitored using the Motion Guidance tool in various ways, though a simple way to visualize hip drop is to utilize visual motion monitoring of the contralateral hip in single leg stance. Once patients can visualize their motion in an objective sense, they are empowered with a visual component to their dynamic muscular control. This use is one example, though with a little creativity on the therapist's side, such visual feedback may be tailored to suit each patient
The Motion Guidance tool is the perfect visual cue for assisting your patient with lower extremity motor control deficit resulting in knee valgus. The eccentric component of tracking within a line promotes challenging neuromuscular control of the gluteal and quad muscles, and adds a edge to body awareness with a simple functional task. The visual feedback can be used to assess a simple squat, single leg squat, step down, or dynamic landing pattern to instantly alert both the clinician and the patient of a biomechanical deficit.
Give standard lumbo-pelvic stabilization exercise a visual component with the Motion Guidance tool, and allow instant recognition of compensatory lumbar extension, or pelvic rotation. The direct visual feedback allows a much more sensitive screening and training mechanism, and gives your patient a cue that transends verbal and tactile cues for an area that many patients struggle with their kinesthetic awareness. Plus, it makes training fun.