Sway Analysis Module (SAM)

Sway Analysis Module (SAM)

SAM is an add-on software module that provides an assortment of sway and balance parameters such as weight bearing, symmetry, center of force, direction and amount of sway, and pressure distribution to analyze balance and sway.

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What is SAM™?

SAM™ is an add-on software module for sway analysis, which requires one of the following systems/software to operate: FootMat™ Software, F-Scan™ or Strideway™ Systems. SAM is the ideal tool to analyze sway and assess postural stability by detecting and measuring key stability parameters that would otherwise be unseen by the naked eye. Sway analysis can help to uncover any underlying dysfunctions such as musculoskeletal and neurological problems. 

What is Sway?

Sway is the oscillating movement of the body, while posture is the relative alignment and orientation of the segments of the body. Sway analysis is a systematic assessment of the readiness and stability of the human body to achieve and maintain equilibrium. Sway plays an important role in the overall postural alignment and physical balance of the body and its analysis is critical in understanding how and why we sway in order to maintain posture and achieve balance.

Easily Capture & Analyze Data on:

  • Area and direction of sway

  • Elliptical pattern of sway

  • Distance and direction traveled by Center of Force (CoF)

  • Variability in distance traveled by CoF

  • Weight-bearing percentage (left/right, fore/rear foot)

  • Pressure distribution profiles

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Clinical and Research Applications

Clinicians can assess and document pre- and post-treatments in relation to the patient’s sway, posture, and/or balance control systems. Researchers can conduct sway analysis and posture assessment studies to investigate conditions that affect sway, posture, and balance. The following are disciplines and applications for clinical assessments and treatments, research studies, and investigations:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Podiatry, Athletic Training, and Injury Management
  • Chiropractics
  • Risk Assessment and Fall Prevention in Diabetics and the Elderly
  • Orthopedics (joint, ankle, knee, hip) Stability Pre- and Post-Surgery
  • Treatments, Prosthetic, and Orthotic interventions
  • Dentistry and Orthodontics (Occlusion and TMJ Joint Disorders)
  • Kinesiology and Osteopathy (Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunctions and Back Problems)
  • Neurology and Physiatry (Neuromusculoskeletal Pathologies and Physical Disabilities)