Head, Neck, and Concussion Therapy
A tracking laser is a small attachable laser that is used to give visual feedback and assess motor control. Most commonly, the tracking laser is used to assess head and neck movement by wearing around the forehead, much like a head light. The patient is given numerous patterns to trace by controlling small movements of their head to assist with neutral head position, posture, and re-training motor control. Research shows that motor control is significantly impacted after whiplash, concussion, or when experiencing pain in the region of any joint. Laser tracking is one more tool our therapists use to help our patients reach their goals.
Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Ankle Therapy
The tracking laser may also be used to track the positioning of larger joints, such as the shoulder, hip, and knee. The visual feedback of the laser deviating from the target allows the patient to see the areas where they lack control and, with practice, promote improved neuromuscular reeducation, or control, of the joint(s). A common example is to place the laser tracker on the knee and watch squat form.