Motion Therapeutic BalanceWear


Cynthia Gibson-Horn PT 
Motion Therapeutics, Inc. 
(510) 207-1207 


May 4, 2012, 5 pm to 9 pm
May 5, 2012, 8 am to 5 pm

*Register by April 15 for early registration discount.

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Samuel Merritt University 
450 30th St.
Oakland, CA 94609

Peralta Pavilion (5): 
PT Lab Basement level

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Balanced-Based Torso Weighting® Seminar

The elderly and people with neurological problems such as Parkinson’s Disease, CVA,TBI, MS have balance and mobility challenges. Motion Therapeutics has developed a unique and effective system to assess and treat balance problems called Balance-Based Torso-Weighting (BBTW).

During BBTW a clinician determines the directional loss of balance in static and dynamic tests. These classes teach clinicians the assessment and strategic weighting to improve directional loss of balance immediately during the same treatment. 

Participants will have ample opportunity to practice the patented assessment and strategic weighting technology using the BalanceWear assessment device.

Co-Sponsored by Samuel Merritt University and Motion Therapeutics.

Target Audience
This intermediate level class designed for PT and OT clinicians.

Instructional Ratio 16:1  Max enrollment 32.

Class Approval
Pending 1.075  PT CEU in State of California and .2 for submitted case report.

The cost of the Seminar is $300 per attendee.


  • Register by April 15 and receive a $25 discount. 
  • $50 per person discount for groups of 2 or more.*
  • Samuel Merritt University graduates receive a $75 per person discount.
*Please note, each person in the group must be registered individually.

Refund & Cancellation Policy: Motion Therapeutics, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this seminar due to an insufficient number of registrants or other unforeseen circumstances. Under these circumstances, seminar fees will be returned in full tothe registrant. Please note that Motion Therapeutics, Inc. is not responsible for any participant expenses other than a refund of the seminar fee. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. For cancellations received 7 days before the seminar date, the seminar fee will be returned less a $25 administrative fee.

BBTW Seminar

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ways to measure perceptual and dynamic directional loss 
  • Recite evidence of weighting applications
  • Practice BBTW directional imbalance assessment
  • Apply strategic weighting according to BBTW 
  • Analyze differences in qualitative and quantitative measures with BBTW 
  • Determine if a patient benefits from rigid VS soft neuro-sensory device
  • Practice fitment and measurement of balance orthotics
  • Document weight placement and size measurements 
  • Design exercise programs for balance problems using BBTW
  • List indications for lumbar orthotics
  • Demonstrate strategic weight placement via case studies and volunteer participants

Seminar Outline

Day One  
5:00 - 5:30 Registration
5:30 - 6:15 Directional perceptual loss
6:15 - 7:00 Weighting Evidence
7:00 - 7:15 Break
7:15 - 8:00 BBTW Techniques and Demo
8:00 - 9:00 BBTW Hands on Lab
Day Two  
8:00 - 8:30 Review lab
8:30 - 9:00 Weighting Demo-video lab
9:00 - 9:30 Practice fitment and measurement
9:30 - 10:00 Demonstrate knowledge with Case Study
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Patient Demonstration
11:15 - 12:00 Lab practice Strategic Weighting
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Volunteer -Weighting lab
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:00 Case study
4:00 - 4:30 Orthotic indications and guidelines
4:30 - 5:00 Questions

1.075 CEUs and an additional .2 for certification are pending in the State of California.


“I don’t have to think to move"
Mary—a patient with MS

“It’s like a light bulb went on in my brain”
Brit—a patient-status post brainstem surgery

“It’s like it holds you together”
George—a patient with Parkinson’s Disease


Cynthia Gibson-Horn PT, a graduate of University of Wisconsin, developed BBTW in her in clinical practice. Gibson-Horn sought the help of Dr. Gail Widener PT, PhD and Dr. Rolando Lazaro PT, PhD and Dr. Diane Allen PT, PhD to complete three research projects in Multiple Sclerosis and one in Parkinson’s disease to provide evidence for practice.  She has presented (BBTW) research at several International, National and Local meetings. She designed and patented strategic weighting products. She is active in private practice and works for Motion Therapeutics.

Judith Fairchild MPT DPT graduated from the University of Southern California. She currently assists with the research in Balance-Based Torso-Weighting at Samuel Merritt University (SMU). Judith is an adjunct assistant professor teaching client management in neuromuscular rehabilitation at SMU. She uses BBTW in her clinical practice.