Stridalyzer INSIGHT Built-In Rehab & Diagnostics Tools

An imperative tool for clinicians in modern patient recovery methods

The Stridalyzer INSIGHT insoles, coupled with the software toolkit, enable a wide variety of bio feedback-based rehabilitative and recovery training for a wide range of patients and applications, including post-brain stroke rehab, post-surgery recovery, sports injury rehab and sports performance improvement. The system also serves as an important tool in delaying the onset of neuro degenerative diseases.

Numerous evidence-based studies demonstrate the advantage of interactive bio-feedback between the patient and the physiotherapist in the rehab and training process.

  • “Rosalyn et al, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphys.2016.11.006
  • “Richard et al, JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol 2016;3(2):e11”
  • “Giggins et al.: Biofeedback in rehabilitation. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2013 10:60.”

Balance Training – For Brain Stroke Patients

This is useful for motor function rehabilitation in brain stroke patients – an interactive gamified tool that invites the patient to center a spirit level using body weight distribution on the insoles exercising visual, motor and body balance coordination. Evidence-based studies in “Body Balance: ‘TOPICS IN STROKE REHABILITATION/JULY-AUG 2007’; Lonnie Nelson” show significant acceleration in recovery through usage of such interactive feedback tools.

HOW TO USE: Connect the INSIGHT insoles to the app and ask your patient to wear the insoles (or simply stand on them). From INSIGHT App, Select BODY BALANCE tool. The BODY BALANCE interactive screen will appear, and the app will show the ball position based on where and how much load is applied. The patient must try to adjust the load on their feet to try to bring the ball to the center, and keep it there for 20 seconds. 

Peak Load/Explosive Force Assessment

Determination of peak muscle force (also known as peak power) is widely recognized as a fundamental measure of sports performance as well as health characterization “Strength and Conditioning Journal (www.nsca-scj.com); VOLUME 34 | NUMBER 6 | DECEMBER 2012; ‘Vertical Jump and Power’ ”. Stridalyzer INSIGHT toolset features a peak load tool to analyze a single/multiple series of jumps that determine the peak ground reaction force applied by the user, which directly relates to peak muscle power.

HOW TO USE: Connect the INSIGHT insoles to the app and ask your patient to wear the insoles inside their shoes. Select the PEAK LOAD tool. Tap the Start button, and ask the athlete to jump. After the athlete has jumped and landed back in a stable position, tap Stop. The App will display the Peak Load observed on each foot as well as the peak of the Total Load.

Partial Bodyweight Loading Training – Post Knee/Hip Surgery

This is an important rehabilitative mechanism for patients who have undergone lower body surgery (such as knee or hip reconstructive procedures) to enable them regain strength and ambulatory motion capabilities over time. Usual practice for this training requires the patient to be slung over a partial loading sling while the clinician monitors the actual amount of loading applied via qualitative assessment or through sophisticated pressure sensing plates.

With the Stridalyzer INSIGHT this can be achieved to a high degree of accuracy with the patient wearing the insoles while on the partial loading sling. This tool can be configured to specific weight levels for each foot with visual and audio feedback (continuous beeping) on reaching/surpassing the chosen weight level.

HOW TO USE: Connect the INSIGHT insoles to the app and ask your patient to wear the insoles inside their shoes. If patient needs to be placed in a partial loading sling, please do so. Select the PARTIAL LOADING BIOFEEDBACK tool.  Set the foot to be monitored, the max load that can be safely exerted, and whether the app should beep. Tap the Start button, and ask the patient to walk. The insoles will detect the loading on a real-time basis, and will beep and flag in RED when the budgeted loading is exceeded.

Stride Rhythm Training

Stride health (as measured by parameters such as consistency in stride rate and degree of foot shuffling) is an important indicator of several neuro-degenerative diseases, brain stroke and a major contributor to fall risk – “strong stride health” translates to lower probability of neuro-degenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and lower fall risk in the future. Several evidence-based studies have shown that a training regimen to maintain an improved stride rhythm can directly delay in the onset of neuro-degenerative diseases and improve recovery of motor functions in brain stroke patients. “Lucal et al, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphys.2014.11.015

HOW TO USE: Connect the INSIGHT insoles to the app and ask your patient to wear the insoles inside their shoes. Select the STRIDE RHYTHM tool, select target Cadence, and press Start. The tool will start a metronome, assuming first step from the Right foot, and will display alternatively, which foot it expects to land and be on ground. The patient needs to land their foot  as closely as possible to the metronome beep, for that stride to be considered “valid”. The real-time data display shows total steps for each foot, as well as what percent of the steps were considered “valid”.

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