Stepscan Makes Gait Analysis Tech Accessible

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How Stepscan Makes Gait Analysis Technology Accessible for You The Past of Gait Analysis: Missed Opportunities  Previously, computerized gait analysis was performed using multiple measurement devices. Data from force plates, motion sensors, and temporal-spatial mats was combined to give clinicians a full picture of a patient’s gait and any pathologies present. Unfortunately, possessing multiple specialized…

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How Stepscan Helps You Promote Senior Wellness

Mind map style graphic of various outcomes/follow-ups/responses to a Stepscan Mobility Assessment

The Stepscan Gait Analysis System is first, and foremost, a measurement tool. Stepscan tracks and analyses the mobility (gait and balance) of a subject as they move across the tiles. In a clinical setting, that means the Stepscan System can be used for concussion assessment, for diabetic foot monitoring, and for mobility assessments to evaluate…

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Gait Biometrics Bolster Access Control

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How Gait Biometrics Bolster the Access Control Industry Access control is an integral part of any business or facility’s security, ensuring that only those with proper authority and credentials gain access. To enhance security measures, many facilities now use 2-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) methods. MFA are often a combination of knowledge (e.g.- PIN code),…

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5 Things I Wish Patients Knew About My Physio Practice

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Guest Contributor Sascha Boulet, DPT Sascha Boulet is the Owner and CEO of Capture Therapeutics by PhysioFirst PC Inc., operating at three locations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion, Sascha is both an experienced clinician and a savvy businessperson. With the impact of…

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3 Clinical Applications of Computerized Plantar Pressure Analysis

Medical plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) have been important tools for gait analysis since their invention, and although historically overlooked, plantar pressures (alongside temporal and spatial parameters) are critical aspects of gait analysis. Analysis of underfoot pressure and foot/floor interactions provide much more than an in-depth analysis of foot function. Similar to temporal and spatial measurements, plantar pressures can be used to indicate or…

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5 Fall-Risk Factors Measured by Medical PMDs

What is a Medical PMD and Who Are They Useful To? Medical pressure measurement devices (Medical PMDs) are pressure sensitive technologies that have found a niche as modern gait assessment tools. PMDs may be single tiles or walkways and provide clinicians with data-rich analysis of gait parameters such as temporal measurements, spatial measurements, center of pressure (COP), and…

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How to Choose the Right Gait Analysis Technology for You

Screen shot of the Vicon Nexus 1.7.1 software showing a motion analysis model of a cross-country skier

My youngest daughter is off to university in the fall. As a graduation gift, and to support her for the next four years of school, I wanted to buy her a new laptop. Unlike me– who studied science and business–she is going to study film, animation, and fine arts, so trying to determine which computer…

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Hearing Loss: Tips and Common Courtesies for Effective Communication

A few weeks ago, during a coaching training course, my classmates and I were discussing the concept of active listening. How is it practiced? Why is it important? How can you improve it as a skill? I caught myself thinking, “Strange that we need a lesson dedicated to this. Do people really find this hard? Why do I seem to find this second nature?” Then I remembered: I don’t have a choice but to…

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4 Building Blocks for Successful Fall Management Programs 

Every facility that cares for or interacts with seniors has a fall-risk management system in place. Yet, one in every four seniors are expected to experience a fall. Evidence suggests that most falls are not only predictable, but preventable. So if our organizations have plans in place to prevent falls, why are they so prevalent? The truth is that most fall management plans are underutilized and out-of-date,…

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Seniors and COVID: What Is the Future of Fall-Risk?

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COVID-19 and Falls As discussed in our last blog about the effects of COVID-19 on seniors, one of the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic is an increased risk of falls and fall-related injuries.  Since early 2020, people around the world have been asked to reduce their movements; lock downs, quarantines, and fear have all affected the behavior and activity of individuals, especially of older adults who are among those at greatest risk for severe illness caused by…

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What is an MDEL and Why Does Your PPE Supplier Need One? 

Throughout 2020, employee safety has been front-of-mind like never before. Society is working to balance the need to keep the economy moving, while considering how to keep workers safe, healthy, and comfortable. For most North American businesses, this means the implementation of mask wearing. In every industry, especially those that previously had few safety concerns beyond fire exits, employers have had to source safe, trustworthy suppliers for personal protective…

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Seniors and COVID: 4 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

Seniors and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary and trying time for everyone around the globe but the threat of the virus looms greatest for the oldest members of our communities. The CDC reports that “as you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases”, with “the greatest risk for severe…

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