Stabilometric platform is a device which measures body movements of subjects by means of a stabilometer (in standing position), assuming that the stabilometer is a force measuring platform. The platform has a regular and flat surface fixed to four force transduction systems. The correct balance of the human body is very important. This correct balance requires the cooperation of the nerve, musculoskeletal system and organs of balance. For this, the continuous supervision by the central nervous system is required. High blood pressure affects all the components of the balance system. The vertical position of the body by a slight displacement of the centre of gravity is controlled by the central nervous system. The correct position of centre of gravity is obtained by using appropriate movement strategies. The occurrence of hypertension impairs the working of control system, which leads to the appearance of the first losing control symptoms over the body balance. This symptom can be found using a test on a stabilometric platform.
A force measuring platform is a device similar to a weighing scale, which uses a set of force transducers and quantifies the center of pressure. The evaluation of stabilometric platform involves the analysis of the centre of pressure. This center of pressure reflects the motor pattern at the ankle and accordingly the central nervous system reacts to correct the imbalance of the body’s center of mass. Stabilometric platforms record data related to persons postural control and balance. Data obtained from stabilometric platform has led to few advances in the field of medicine. However, data obtained cannot be directly analyzed, some data analysis techniques have to be used. The balance control is a complex neuronal mechanism which is based on unconditional and conditioned reflexes. As the mechanism requires the participation of brain regions, thus the training of posture support mechanism can provide a highly effective tool for rehabilitation.
Stabilometric platform is widely used for the balance skill training with the visual biofeedback. Stabilometric platform automatically evaluates some parameters like length of the ideal trajectory, type of the trial, location of the target points, the speed and length of the real trajectory of the projections of the centre of gravity between the target points. During the stabilometric platform measurements, designations used to indicate the direction of body movements are Left (L), Right (R), Anterior (A), and Posterior (P). These directions are always defined form the subject’s point of view. Use of a stabilometric platform is a reproducible and objective method for the evaluation and recording of balance skills. The stabilometric platform provides the localization on the ground projection of the person’s centre of gravity, dynamics and localization of the centre of gravity of each foot, load distribution between left and right foot, etc. With the analysis of this information it is possible to evaluate the vestibular, postural, dental & podiatry dysfunctions, orthopedic and pathologies.
Initially, stabilometric platform was merely a technique for assessing patient balance and postural control. However, it is now considered as a useful tool for treating and diagnosing balance related disorders.
Stabilometric Platform Market: Drivers and Restraints
The global stabilometric platform market is a growing market owing to the rising awareness regarding the diagnosis options available for balance and postural control disorders. The market for stabilometric platform is driven by improving quality of life, functional independence and increasing of the awareness regarding balance skills among others. However, high cost of equipment and limitation in the availability of skilled personnel to operate these platforms are likely to challenge the growth of the market.
Stabilometric Platform Market: Overview
Stabilometric platforms are the most accurate equipment in testing balance disorders. Based on the types, the global stabilometric platform market is segmented into single function and multi-function. Multi-function stabilometric platform is the most widely used stabilometric platform type across the globe.
Stabilometric Platform Market: Regional Overview
Region wise, the global stabilometric platform market is classified into regions namely, North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, Japan, and Middle East and Africa. The market in North America is expected to dominate over the forecast period due to the high acceptance of innovative devices, and increase in geriatric population. Western Europe is expected to be the second largest market for stabilometric platform. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to experience steady growth due to current limited awareness towards balance and postural control techniques and limited expenditure on healthcare.
Stabilometric Platform Market: Key Players
Some of the players identified in global stabilometric platform market include MEDI-CARE SOLUTIONS srl, Sensing Future Technologies, TECHNO CONCEPT, Vertigomed, WOODWAY, Easytech srl, Biodex, Man&Tel, Framiral, Vestibular Research & Development, LLC. (Balanceback), Techmed, etc.
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- North America (U.S., Canada)
- Latin America (Mexico. Brazil)
- Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain, Nordic countries, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
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- The Middle East and Africa (GCC, S. Africa, N. Africa)
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Stabilometric Platform Market: Segmentation
The global stabilometric platform market is classified on the basis of types, end user, and geography.
Based on the types, the global stabilometric platform market is segmented into the following:
- Single function
Based on end user, the global stabilometric platform market is segmented into the following:
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Nursing Homes
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