Baro Postural Instruments is an Italian Company focused on Clinical Research and Innovation. The Company designs advanced technologies which enable new ways to study balance and locomotion disorders and develops therapeutic solutions for patient well-being.
Our Motion Analysis Studies and Research Institute (MASTRI), in collaboration with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit of Tor Vergata University in Rome, aims to investigate biomechanical alterations related to the Functional Leg Length Discrepancy and all associated disorders such as hemipelvic tilt, foot and lower limb problems, hip and knee pain and high and low back suffering: the Biomechanics Lab is an useful tool for a comprehensive evaluation of lower limb asymmetries during the gait.
Our research programmes have led to the development of NPoS (New Postural Solution), an innovative system able to provide corrective solutions for Functional Leg Length Discrepancy in order to achieve the postural optimization.
Our Company is engaged in three fields: biomechanical research, clinical and instrumental evaluation and corrective treatment of hemipelvic tilt and associated pathologies.
Postural imbalances are more and more responsible for musculoskeletal disorders also in children and adolescents.
In the field of biomechanics, our research has led to new gait analysis protocols for:
- a deeper evaluation of pelvic tilt on the sagittal and frontal plane both with and without “NPoS Correction”
- the study of the 3D spatial evolution of spine curvature during gait
- the analysis of load vectors and weight distribution on the plantar surface of the feet during the “elica podalica” (helical airscrew between the rear- and fore-foot).
In the field of clinical and instrumental evaluation and for the correction of the focused pathologies, our Research Centre has developed:
- a new clinical approach to assess Functional Leg Length Discrepancy: PHAV (Pelvic Hemi-AnteVersion) Test
- an innovative diagnostic device NPoS to analyze the non-weight bearing foot, to measure the patient’s heel height (“NPoS Correction”), to investigate the forefoot-to-rearfoot plantar pressure ratio; NPoS system performs a comparative study of patients’ data both barefoot and with simulated heels height to control the achieved correction of pelvic asymmetry, of femoral internal rotation and of equal distribution of body weight between both feet an advanced corrective solution ”NPoS Correction” that reduces the stress secondary to improper position of the femoral head inside the acetabulum, helps eliminate musculoskeletal deficiencies and improves patient treatment outcomes.
NPoS (New Postural Solution)
Baro Postural Instruments’s main goal is to address and solve the worldwide phenomena related to Functional Leg Length Discrepancy, known in the international literature but still without a valid evaluation and treatment. Leg Length Discrepancy is an orthopaedic problem, in which the two legs are of unequal lengths. Leg Length Discrepancy is divided up into true LLD, resulting from congenital deformity or trauma; and functional LLD (FLLD) occurring when the legs are actually equal in anatomical length, but some other conditions, such as anteromedial tilt of one hemi pelvis, creates the appearance of different length. The improper strain of the head of the femur in the acetabulum might have a “domino” effect on the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, by creating imbalances and impairments in various parts of the body. These impairments might turn, over time, into serious health problems as high and low back pain, hip and knee pain, uneven gait, and various foot and lower limb problems: the body is no longer able to function the way it could and should. The incorrect positioning of an hemipelvis can lead to urological, gynecological, digestive and visceral problems; a poor posture may also alterate the muscles involved in breathing, particularly the diaphragm muscle, leading to negative effects on the normal breathing pattern and on the circulatory system (swollen and heavy ankles and legs, varicose veins, lymphoedema and phlebitis).
In the absence of a single reliable hands-on European and International method completely proven Baro Postural Instruments (BPI)
has developed and patented the new diagnostic device NPoS (New Postural Solution) to help medical professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of patients affected by FLLD.
The new NPoS (New Postural Solution) device will consist in two systems:
- F.I.S.(Foot Image System) : a stand unit with a camera or a 3D scanner mounted on its moving arm, having a software for the acquisition of foot images of a patient lying in a prone position with his knee bent at 90°. In this way the foot, in fact, assumes a natural position with the base of the metatarsal heads directed upwards. The difference in height between the calcaneus and the metatarsal heads will provide the measurement of the corrective heel height
(which will be the same for both shoes).
The innovative approach of F.I.S system, contrary to the methods available so far, will provide an analysis of the non-weight-bearing foot, useful for examining the morphology of the feet.
- P.O.S. (Postural Optimizer System): a foot pressure measurement platform with one rear zone controllably raised according to the measurement of the corrective heel height acquired by F.I.S., in order to simulate the presence of the heel lifts. Contrary to the methods available so far, P.O.S. is a new generation podometer which allows a comparative study of patients’ data both barefoot and with simulated heels height on the sagittal and frontal plane: to assess the equal load distribution on both feet, the geometric centre of the support polygon and the position of the centre of gravity (barycentre) of the patient must coincide. Thanks to the corrective solutions resulting by NPoS analysis the biomechanics of the entire neuromusculoskeletal system will be optimized, allowing the patient to acquire a good posture that will ensure general and permanent benefits.
BTS system opens up the path towards new uses and performance in clinical studies and researches about locomotion disorders,
providing and increasing the possibilities of postural screening and prevention programs in the clinical area and in the occupational setting.