Strategies for Using GyroStim

GyroStim training typically involves much more than simply sitting and spinning in a rotating chair. This page details some of the many strategies being used by clinicians and trainers to maximize results. Depending on the purpose of GyroStim exercise and training, clinicians often combine a variety of additional cognitive strategies to customize and optimize the challenge for each individual.

Below is a look at some of the challenges and strategies used with GyroStim by clinicians and trainers:

Target Strategies
To reinforce situational awareness and discernment.

  • Targets placed at same or varying heights
  • Targets placed at same or varying distance.
  • Targets identified by colors, numbers, letters or shapes.
  • Custom targets: relevant to subject such as aircraft instrument panel

Laser Pointer Strategies
Various ways to engage and challenge sensorimotor systems throughout
the human body.

  • Laser in dominant or non-dominant hand
  • One laser in each hand, alternate left / right hand in sequence
  • One laser in each hand, alternate left / right per clinicians verbal commands
  • Laser mounted on head with headgear, or on other parts of the body as needed

Cognitive Strategies
Additional cognitive challenges during GyroStim training to improve multi-tasking and brain processing capability.

  • Counting up or down in sequence
  • Simple or complex math equations
  • Familiar list recitation
  • Short or long term recall challenges

Physical / Situational Strategies
To exercise sensorimotor challenges specific to the individual.

  • Interactive: rotate while actively pursuing targets, with the option to engage in cognitive activities
  • Passive: rotate with head fixed and staring at a fixed point inside the rotating chair
  • Eye-patch on dominant or non-dominant eye
  • Subject wears sports gear (i.e. football helmet, hockey helmet) during session
  • Crowd/stadium noise or other appropriate background recordings are played loudly during the run