Balance Systems, Inc.
was established in 1996 in order to provide high-quality
rehabilitation equipment for the treatment of imbalances
throughout the body, with emphasis on repetitive
stress injuries affecting the upper extremities.
The medical community has had little to offer in
the development of rehabilitation equipment for musculoskeletal
disorders, therefore, BSI has taken the initiative
to create products to address these types of injuries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injures
have dramatically increased in the workplace over
the last few years, thus creating a need for products
that could provide pain relief to the growing number
of people afflicted with their disabling symptoms.
Many companies manufacture products that are intended
for the use in decreasing the symptoms of repetitive
stress injuries, but actually provided little or
no pain relief.
Due to the failure of these rehabilitation products
to provide long term relief from carpal tunnel
syndrome, surgery has become the final solution
for many. One of the reasons that minimal progress
has been made in preventing and treating repetitive
stress injuries is because the products that have
been designed address the problem incorrectly. Nearly
all of the products that have been developed to treat
overuse injuries consist of squeezing/gripping devices,
or splints, none of which has solved this widespread
dilemma. The medical industries' incorrect approach
in treating patients with carpal tunnel syndrome
and repetitive stress injuries, has resulted in
an ever-increasing number of people afflicted with
their painful symptoms.
The years of carpal tunnel research
that Balance Systems' professional team of physicians
and therapists conducted, lead them to believe that
the chronic overuse of the flexor muscles which 'close'
the hand causes these muscles to become stronger,
tighter, and shorter than the extensor muscles that
'open' the hand. Because the weaker extensor muscles
cannot provide sufficient support to the wrist joint,
the carpal bones shift downward and into the carpal
tunnel. (When the hand is in the pronated, functional
position, as it is when everyday activities are being
performed, as opposed to the supinated, anatomical
position.) At the same time, the stronger flexor
muscles pull on the carpal and metacarpal bones within
the wrist joint, causing the bones to shift inward
and down, resulting in compression of the carpal
tunnel from all sides. When this happens, the underlying
nerves become impinged, and symptoms occur.
Once the concept that 'muscle imbalance'
was the cause of the symptoms associated with carpal
tunnel syndrome, testing began in order to formulate
a device that would strengthen the weaker, underdeveloped
intrinsic and extrinsic extensor muscles of the fingers,
wrist and elbow joints simultaneously, without any
gripping involved. After years of research and testing,
FLEXTEND was developed and submitted to the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office in 1994, and two years
later was patented, along with several variations
of the same product line.
Balance Systems Inc., with
the use of FLEXTEND, has experienced tremendous success
in fully rehabilitating patients suffering with carpal
tunnel syndrome and other various repetitive stress
injuries of the fingers, hand, wrist and elbow. The
independent clinical data submitted to Balance Systems,
establishes FLEXTEND as a necessary tool for the
prevention and rehabilitation of these injuries.
Developing high-tech rehabilitation
products that provide the user with pain relief by
addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms, sets
Balance Systems Inc. far ahead of the competition.
With so many rehabilitation products on the market
that fail to provide long term relief, FLEXTEND,
along with other high-quality products produced by
Balance Systems, will flourish within the medical
community now, and into the future.