The GyroStim Concept

Humans are essentially walking talking sensorimotor systems. Who we are, what we do, and how well we do it is driven by the functional performance of our sensorimotor system. This complex and vital system, comprised of the brain and a vast network of sensory and motor systems that run throughout our body, enables us to perceive, process, and react to the world around us.


   
 
 

The Venn diagram above illustrates the ongoing interaction of three fundamental functional processes occurring throughout the sensorimotor system--- perceive, process, and react.

All aspects of the sensorimotor system must function properly so that we can engage with and react to the world, to the best of our ability. In other words, we perform well when our sensorimotor system is performing well.

The GyroStim is uniquely capable of exercising and challenging the functional processes of the sensorimotor system.

PERCEIVE • PROCESS • REACT

  • PERCEIVE: Detailed information about what is happening in the world around you is sensed through the eyes (vision), ears (hearing), vestibular system (balance), and other parts of the sensory nervous system and transmitted to the brain.

  • PROCESS: Sensory information received at the brain is coordinated and distributed throughout the brain, igniting a cascade of processing activity as the brain goes to work, forming an appropriate response to the perceived sensory information.

  • REACT: Once sensory information has been processed, brain activity such as a new thought, a verbal response, or motor commands are fired throughout the brain and body to execute the intended reaction.


When all aspects of the sensorimotor system are healthy and functioning well, interacting with the challenges of the environment and the day-to-day activities of life ranging from routine to extreme seem to happen naturally and automatically.

However, when injury or illness interfere with any aspect of the sensorimotor processes, getting along in life can seem like anything but natural or automatic. Fortunately, many functional aspects of the sensorimotor system are neuroplastic and can be reconditioned, retrained, and optimized with training and exercises that challenge them.

The GyroStim is based on the concept that by leveraging the benefits of neuroplasticity, it is possible to promote lasting changes in the functional performance of the sensorimotor system. GyroStim accomplishes this with repetitious exercise and incremental challenge to visual, vestibular, proprioceptive, cognitive, and other functional activities of the sensorimotor system.