Clinical Solution

How Does The Harwin Balancer Work?

In my researcher’s words, Peer Reviewed Research
“We were able to induce improvement in motor control and balance in our test subjects that clearly documents an increased effectiveness in walking coordination and stability.

This increased motor control and enhanced movement efficiency induced by the Harwin Balancer allows the participant to be physically more active for longer periods of time, with a reduced risk of injury.” Users in clinics throughout the SF Bay Area have also consistently reported a reduction in chronic pain, as well as improved movement coordination.

The Causal Mechanism of this significant improvement appears to be in the activation of a deeper and broader level of Proprioceptive communication in the muscles and joints throughout the body, allowing the user a greatly increased range of movement options when doing any task than were available before. This enhanced level of proprioceptive communication and movement coordination is very similar to that accessible when infants are first learning to walk.

This new approach to exercise and rehabilitation has the potential to consistently elevate our success in the treatment and prevention of walking/fall problems and chronic pain syndromes.


Based on our research, combined with eight years of observation, the subtle, micro-movement of the Harwin Balancer;

  • Engages directly with the patient’s individual pattern of imbalance
  • Reaches a level of movement re-coordination that was previously not possible
  • Initiates a deeper and fuller range of proprioceptive communication
  • Activates the small, intrinsic muscles of coordination throughout the body
  • Initiates the functional re-patterning of old injuries
  • Leads to improved coordination and increased walking stability, as well as reduction in pain.
  • Reduces the daily wear and tear to ligaments and joints from old injuries
  • Softens future degenerative changes allowing us to age more gracefully

“Another patient with a 14-year history of chronic Cervicobrachial pain found the Harwin Balancer™ was the only exercise she could do that decreased her pain, and did not exacerbate her condition. She had been a professional ballet dancer when in her 20’s, and she said that using The Harwin Balancer™ brought her back the kinesthetic feeling of awareness in her body that she had felt as a dancer, and until now, hadn’t realized she had lost.”

— Peter Edgelow PT, DPT

“The Harwin Balancer™ is essential for any executive with a lifestyle of travel, and meetings. Using The Balancer has allowed me to live a life with freedom, even though I have a severely degenerated L5 Disc. Ten minutes use in the morning and again in the evening has allowed me to live a normal life without having to take pain medication.”

— JoAline Olson, Past President/CEO of St. Helena Hospital, Currently VP of Innovations for Adventist Health, operating health care facilities throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

— Peter Edgelow PT, DPT

“I had a motorcycle accident February 2010, in which I suffered a compound fracture in my tibia/fibula, a right collapsed lung and a displaced right clavicle. After three weeks and four surgeries I was released from the hospital in a wheelchair. I was not able to walk for two months. I began to walk again with crutches and then with a cane. My walk was rigid. I had difficulty with side-to-side movements. I felt unstable and weak. At the end of June 2010, I began sessions in Hanna Somatic Education with Bernard Langan, HSE, and we used The Harwin Balancer™ in conjunction with these sessions. In late July Bernard introduced me to Dr. Harwin.

I had a Balancer session last Friday with Dr. Harwin. All of this has been an amazing experience. I feel confident to move in ways that I have not been able to before. My balance is more stable. I am feeling parts of my body that I am usually not aware of. The Harwin Balancer™ sessions have helped me to discover how I can use my breath to move in a new way that allows my body to feel more connected.

I am moving, walking, and living with much more confidence and I cannot thank you enough. My surgeons are very pleased with my progress and tell me that my recovery is ahead of schedule.”

— David Fogle, San Francisco, CA

“When I stand on The Harwin Balancer™ for several minutes, all of a sudden I realize that I’m standing up with perfect posture without even trying. My chest lifts, my hips and feet engage, and it just feels right.”

— Brandy Brune, MSPT, ATC Senior PT, Kaiser Redwood City Medical Center

“After standing on The Harwin Balancer for just a few minutes all patients reported feeling greater stability when walking…. The majority of patients also reported a significant reduction in pain….”

— Peter Edgelow, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy 1988 California’s Royce B. Noland Award of Merit for outstanding physical therapist, 1999 National APTA Henry O. & Florence P. Kendall Practice Award for Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to the practice of Physical Therapy. Assistant Clinical Professor in the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at UCSF, in private practice since 1964

“The first time I stepped onto The Harwin Balancer™, I felt that I was standing on a platform floating on a lake. It was gentle, but my body reacted immediately to the spring-loaded feedback. While there are other gadgets out there, none of them have The Harwin Balancer’s™ intuitive sense of gentle self-correction and awareness.
Since then, I have used the balancer on 4 yr children to 96 yr adults, Olympic athletes and Parkinson’s patients, always with positive to dramatic results.
My opinion is only a fool would not purchase the The Harwin Balancer™ to use for neuromuscular imbalance corrections in their practice. We purchased three Harwin Balancers™ after the first demonstration and have not regretted it since!”

— Allen Ling, MPT, OCS, Executive Director, Physical Therapy Innovations Clinics in El Cerrito, Oakland, and Orinda, CA

A Sampling of Facilities Using The Harwin Balancer ™

  • UCSF Medical Center-Mission Bay facility, San Francisco, CA
  • Helena Hospital Physical Therapy, St. Helena, CA
  • Patricia Rochette D.O., Berkeley California
  • Frederick Lowe M.D. Vallejo CA
  • David Gorchoff M.D., Santa Rosa & Hawaii
  • Susan Lee Md, San Mateo, CA
  • Michael Davis DC, Fresno, CA
  • Peter I. Edgelow, DPT, Hayward, CA
  • Diablo Physical Therapy, Danville, CA
  • Atherton Physical Therapy, Atherton, CA
  • Physical Therapy Innovations; Orinda, El Cerrito, Oakland, CA
  • SOLPT; Walnut Creek, Santa Cruz, Oakland, CA
  • Montclair Physical Therapy, Montclair, CA
  • Move Easy Physical Therapy, Berkeley, CA
  • Adelman Movement Therapy, Mexico
  • Reutlinger Center for Jewish Living, Danville, CA
  • Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Center, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mindie Dodson, CMT, Advanced Rolfer, Berkeley, CA
  • TiffinyFyans, Advanced Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner, Berkeley, CA
  • Bernie Langan Martial Arts, Oakland, CA
    And by many individuals in their home