Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital

Posture, Balance & Gait

The Research Unit on Posture, Balance & Gait is dedicated to studying neurophysiological and sensorimotor mechanisms pertaining to the control of upright stance posture, balance, and locomotion.  Basic studies lead to the application of new tools and technologies for the assessment and intervention of balance and mobility disorders. Novel rehabilitation tools developed in the unit include a six degree-of-freedom motion base for balance perturbation, an ambulatory body weight removal system, real-time motion capture and analysis system, as well as a self-paced treadmill, haptic assistive devices, and immersive virtual reality environments.
Fundamental and clinical studies on inner ear disorders and dizziness resulting from vestibular dysfunctions are also conducted in this research unit. New evaluation tools and treatment protocols are currently being developed and validated.

Fundamental and clinical studies on inner ear disorders and dizziness resulting from these disorders are also conducted in this research unit. New evaluation tools and treatment protocols are currently being developed and validated.

List of current projects

Dr. Joyce Fung

  • Locomotor training with haptic devices and virtual environments
  • Postural and locomotor adaptations in neurological patient populations (stroke, spinal cord injury, vestibular deficiency)
  • Sensorimotor integration in the control of posture and locomotion
  • Coordination of respiration, posture and locomotion (in collaboration with Dr. Jadranka Spahija)

Ms. Elizabeth Dannenbaum

  • Development of a questionnaire to evaluate visual vertigo
  • Investigating the incidence of vestibulopathy in the pediatric and lower extremity amputee population

Ms. Claire Perez

  • Balance and mobility assessment with haptic devices
  • Development of new locomotor assistive devices