Clinical Observations Using The Motion Table for Linear Vestibular Stimulation
Mono Feige PT, MS

The Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Phoenix, Arizona first began using a motorized surface as part of the facility’s treatment approach. Multiple attempts to implement the use of such a device to stimulate the vestibular system in a linear manner met with frustration but promise. Assistance was procured in 1988 to design a piece of equipment to meet the therapists’ and individuals’ needs.

The Motion Table was introduced to the commercial market in 1990. Clinical experience with it has shown improved results of therapy sessions and home programming by organizing the nervous system and allowing the user to respond appropriately to the given stimuli. By stimulating the vestibular system, The Motion Table is able to "level out" extreme behaviors caused by a variety of conditions. This unique form of treatment is ideal for children or adults who have neurological impairment. It enables the individual client to work more effectively, often of long periods of time. A variety of positions can be assumed on its’ broad, flat surface. Active participation in fine motor, gross motor, balance activities, and other tasks are possible while on it.

Four models were developed to meet various individuals’ needs. The home and institutional models have a broad surface that is eight inches from the floor. The crib model was designed to accommodate the positioning requirements of infants. The wheelchair model accommodates an adult size wheelchair. Positioning of the wheelchair on the table is accomplished by means of a ramp to the table.

The Motion Table is a switch activated, flat, motorized surface that moves in a smooth, horizontal motion, "Vibra-Glide." It is the first commercially available device that provides the smooth, horizontal motion for which it is patented. The control dial enables setting an exact speed of movement that is repeatable in subsequent sessions. Its’ aptitude for adjustment allows treatments to be varied to meet fluctuating needs and prevent accommodation. The table stimulates the individual’s vestibular system more effectively than other devices that usually move with a degree of vertical motion. Clinical response to this form of vestibular stimulation has been positive for many.

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