The Evolution of GyroStim
Inspired by this problem, Kevin applied his 25 years of experience with robotics systems towards engineering a solution. He designed and built an easier, safer, and more efficient way to provide his daughter with vestibular stimulation, resulting in the first prototype of the GyroStim. Maher’s daughter, Mackenzie, made unexpected and rapid gains, not only in balance, but also in other gross and fine motor abilities, trunk control, energy level, speech, and overall abilities. It soon became apparent that the vestibular stimulation from his unique combination of pitch and yaw rotations had triggered a cascade of significant additional gains well beyond the goal of simply improving her balance.
Soon after the company was formed, the first GyroStim system sale was to the United States Air Force Academy. The second sale went to the Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medical Vestibular Research Laboratory, further validating the broader interest in this new technology, with additional sales soon to follow.
In August 2011, still suffering from debilitating post-concussion symptoms (PCS), it was recommended to Crosby that he try the GyroStim. Soon after, he was back on the ice and was eventually cleared for full contact practice. In November 2011, after nearly 11 months of being sidelined due to the concussions, Sidney Crosby returned to the ice in one of the most spectacular comeback stories in history. In 2012, he went on to sign a 12-year $104.4M contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and GyroStim went on to become widely recognized for being the breakthrough technology that helped Crosby overcome his concussions.
The Paradigm Shift: From Passive to Interactive
From the very first prototype to the present day, the GyroStim evolution continues, fueled by our never-ending pursuit of improvement beyond the status quo.
Today, GyroStim is in eight countries around the world, helping thousands of people from all walks of life.