Posturography

Posturography is a balance test which looks at how you keep your balance in different conditions. The conditions vary the information you get from your feet/joints, visual, and vestibular inputs to assess your ability to keep an upright position. While wearing a harness within an enclosure, your movements will be measured while the platform you are standing on and/or the enclosure you are looking at are moving. Sometimes you will be asked to close your eyes during testing. Please wear comfortable clothing. You will be asked to take your shoes and socks off during the test. Results can be used for a number of reasons including monitoring vestibular rehabilitation and documenting what kind of postural problems are present. (Total test time is approximately one hour.)

To get accurate results there are a number of medications that should be discontinued 48 hours prior to testing. These include pain pills (with codeine), sleeping pills, cold or allergy pills, antihistamines, tranquilizers,
anti-nausea pills, sedatives, alcohol, and anti-dizziness pills. If you have any questions about your medications, please consult your referring physician or family doctor.

The total test time is approximately one hour and cannot be interrupted. Please take that into account when making parking arrangements. If your balance problem interferes with driving, it would be advisable to have a companion with you.

 

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