dr-davidPresentation by Dr. David Surrenda

“Hello, I am Dr. David Surrenda.  I am on the board of the Rippel Foundation with many of today’s leading Medical Doctors.  Our mission is building a more effective health care for the American Public and the world.

It is my honor to introduce Dr. Ron Harwin D.C., the inventor of The Harwin Balancer.

I consider Dr. Harwin to be one of the today’s geniuses in the world of rehabilitation.  The Harwin Balancer is, to my knowledge, the most effective innovation today in the treatment of Pain Syndromes, as well as Balance and Gait Problems.

I know you will be interested in hearing what Dr. Harwin has to say, and from the people who’s lives it has changed.

I can say with all confidence that using The Harwin Balancer will allow you to accomplish your clinic goals beyond what you are currently able to do.”

– From Hyla Cass, M.D.

 “Ron Harwin is a gifted doctor with a profound understanding of the human body. He has had remarkable success with my most challenging patients and I unequivocally recommend him.”

“The Harwin Balancer has proven to be an effective new approach to the treatment of gait and balance problems, as well as chronic pain.

Traditional exercise-based treatments for balance/gait and chronic pain problems are, by themselves, proving ineffective.  The need for a new direction in treatment is absolutely necessary if we are going to have an impact on these very costly, and potentially devastating health problems.

By itself, and together with traditional treatments, The Harwin Balancer brings “a stronger set of tools” to our work, leading to a more effective patient outcome for the clinician.  The Balancer will become a turning point in your patient’s rehabilitation as they begin to reawaken the adaptability, and confidence we all possessed as infants.“

-From Susan Lin, M.D.

“A friend’s husband suffered a major stroke and after only one week using The Balancer he has noted significant improvement in his balance. 

 The Harwin Balancer is a cost effective solution to decrease the incidence of fall/ hip fracture, and will give an improved quality of life to those who suffer from balance/gait problems. “

In 2008,  2.1 million non-fatal falls occurred among older adults, and more than 1/4 of these falls required hospitalization for up to15 days.  This is a seriously expensive problem to both the individual, and our society.

It is reported that the cost of these falls will increase as our population ages, and is expected to reach $55 billion dollars per year, by 2020.

By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older, doubling our senior population in just 20 years.  1/3 of these Americans will fall every year, and the injuries resulting from these falls will limit their ability to live an independent life, and in many cases, lead to an early death.

Another source states: There are over 76 million chronic pain sufferers and more than 69 million people who have chronic balance problems.  These people will find relief by using The Harwin Balancer.

With the elder population, falls have a huge impact on their life. Even minor falls can seriously impact one’s life because the fear of falling naturally leads to self-imposed activity restrictions, social isolation, and depression.

– From Peter Edgelow PT, DPT, National APTA Henry O. & Florence P Kendall Practice Award for Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to the practice of Physical Therapy.

“The Harwin Balancer is the most effective solution for balance/gait problems that I have seen in my 45 years of clinical experience.”

Research
“Our peer-reviewed pilot study at the Department of Health & Exercise Science at Colorado State University has documented statistically significant improvements in the performance of sit-to-stand, and both stair ascent and stair descent in a group of older adults with perceived balance and functional impairment while standing.

Therefore, we are confident that the appropriate use of the Balancer is effective for combating deficits in balance and physical function.”
– Raoul F, Reiser II, PhD, CSCS, FASC  Peer Reviewed Research

Ron Harwin has been fascinated by the human body since he was six years old and discovered the skeleton that his father, Ralph E. Harwin DPM, had used in podiatry school. This early interest blossomed into a career that has spanned more than 4 decades of patient care and almost a lifetime of studying the biomechanics of the human body.

Fourteen years ago I witnessed an elderly man fall and pulled over to see if he was all right.  Three days after this conversation I realized how easy it would have been to solve this mans fall problem.  He had basically lost the natural push off in his walk because of the atrophy of his Gastroc muscles and his normal ankle movement because of a lifetime of sedentary living.

For me this was the beginning of 6 years of R & D, and 6 progressive prototypes that has resulted in the Harwin Balancer as we see it today.  I discovered that by building a standing platform that challenged the patients balance on a “micro level”, the patient’s neurological and muscular organization would make micro-adjustments in order to remain “balanced”, taping into a new level of recalibration of our entire movement-coordination system that I previously had not known existed.

I discovered this in the fourth year, with my 5th prototype when I began to see results at a level I had never encountered in my decades of patient care, working in rehabilitation.  I am confident that I could not have built The Harwin Balancer by design, but once discovering it, I found I had a natural ability to refine its level of effectiveness.

After years of witnessesing The Harwin Balancer accomplish balance improvement and pain reduction with so many different kinds of diagnosed conditions, I realized that to do this, The Harwin Balancer must be broadening, and deepening the proprioceptive communication throughout the body.  This opinion has also been confirmed at UCSF.

Before the discovery of The Harwin Balancer, all of the therapy & training equipment I know of would challenge the patient with very fast and strong movements.  (ie the Bosu Ball and the Balance Board).  This is excellent training for a healthy system, but once you have any level of neurological impairment in the body’s balance-coordination, this fast, strong movement is perceived as a threat, overwhelming an already weakened nervous system, and causing it to shut down, reverting to its old adaptive patterns, rather the allowing the level of new-learning that we are hoping to achieve.

Using very subtle movement that is a responsive to the individuals’ inherent imbalances has been shown to allow the patient’s movement-coordination to self-correct and recalibrate at a level that to my knowledge has never been demonstrated before.

Though long-term studies have not yet been performed, it is reasonable to assume that this improved coordination and increased movement stability also reduces the daily wear and tear to ligaments and joints from old injuries thereby softening future degenerative changes from the normal daily wear and tear of aging, allowing us to age more gracefully.