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J Phys Ther Sci. 2018 Feb;30(2):252-257. doi: 10.1589/jpts.30.252. Epub 2018 Feb 20.

Comparison of postural sway depending on balance pad type.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Kyungnam University, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, Kyungnam University: 7 Kyungnamdaehak-ro, Masanhappo-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do 51767, Republic of Korea.
Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Republic of Korea.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, Dongnam Health University, Republic of Korea.


[Purpose] The purpose of the present study was to compare the postural sway of healthy adults standing on different types of balance pads. [Subjects and Methods] Nine healthy adults participated in this study. Postural body sway was measured while participants were standing on four different types of balance pads: Balance-pad Elite (BE), Aero-Step XL (AS), Dynair Ballkissen Senso (DBS), and Dynair Ballkissen XXL Meditation and Yoga (DBMY). A Wii Balance Board interfaced with Balancia software was used to measure postural body sway. [Results] In the sway velocity, sway path length, and sway area, no significant differences were found between baseline conditions (participants were standing on the floor with no balance pad) and the use of the BE or AS. However, significant increases in all parameters were found comparing baseline conditions to the use of either Dynair balance pad. Furthermore, the use of either Dynair balance pad significantly increased postural sway compared to both the BE and the AS. [Conclusion] These findings suggest that the DBS and DBMY balance pads may serve as superior tools for providing unstable condition for balance training than the BE and the AS balance pads.


Balance pad; Balance training; Postural sway

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