Overview: The GyroStim Method

The GyroStim method provides data-driven progression strategies for stimulating and challenging the functional performance of the sensorimotor system --- the internal network of sensory, cognitive, and motor systems we depend on to perceive, process, and react to the surrounding environment.

GyroStim accomplishes this with a combination of vestibular stimulation and training activities that stimulate, exercise, and challenge many functional aspects of the human sensorimotor system.

 

UltraThera Technologies, maker of GyroStim, collaborated with US Army research scientists in the development of the process depicted in the flow chart above: a data-driven methodology for using GyroStim to exercise the functional performance of the sensorimotor system.


The individual will be presented with a strategic series of “runs”, incrementally challenging their ability to recognize and respond to physical targets, cognitive challenges, and verbal commands --- while being rotated through space in the multi-axis rotating chair.

The first session begins with motions and challenges at a low level of training intensity, allowing opportunity for the individual to become acquainted with the activity. The individual's subjective response data (based on VOMS scale) and objective response data (based on measured performance) to each level of training intensity is captured and displayed in the GyroStim software. The data can be used by the operator to assess the response to the training on the current run, and as guidance for determining which training intensity to apply on the next run.

The flow chart to the right illustrates how the subjective data and objective data may be combined to provide strategic run-to-run progression strategies. This data-driven approach has been successfully applied for a wide variety of applications, ensuring training intensity is optimized while protecting the individual from over-stimulation, resulting in training sessions that are individualized, well-tolerated, and effective.

Engaging and motivating, this system and method offers multiple applications (rehabilitation, performance enhancement, research) and serves a broad spectrum of populations all on one platform.

Ultimately, whether an individual is using the GyroStim method for therapeutic applications or training to improve athletic/human performance the goal is the same: to challenge and improve the functional performance of the sensorimotor system.