PoNS TreatmentTM is an intensive, customized, state-of-the-art neurological rehabilitation plan. Built on science and research, PoNS TreatmentTM has been shown to help people with chronic balance deficit caused by mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury (mmTBI).
This treatment was shown in a 26-week clinical trial to restore balance to the normal range for a majority of study participants. For most participants, this balance improvement persisted during a predefined 12-week follow-up period after discontinuation of treatment, suggesting retention of the treatment effect.
The therapies that HeuroTM offers enable the brain’s own ability to change. One such therapy provides an intensive, state-of-the-art neurological rehabilitation plan featuring PoNS (Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator) TreatmentTM. Pairing this innovative medical device with physical therapy may help individuals with brain injury maximize their potential to improve balance.
Comprehensive assessments using innovative neurotechnology
All decisions related to your care are evidence-based, with each step of the program supported by a team focused on ensuring the treatment is as successful as possible.
Unique, non-invasive treatment provided by the PoNSTM
The PoNSTM device is paired with physical therapy to encourage neuroplasticity to help the brain heal itself.
Our model of care is composed of three essential elements: noninvasive and innovative medical devices, physical therapy, and a personalized care team supporting our clients along each step of the way. The HeuroTM Program is constantly evaluated and fine-tuned to ensure we offer the most up-to-date treatments possible.
In essence, neuroplasticity is the brain’s incredible ability to change. Over an individual’s lifetime, their brain will constantly be reorganizing itself to form new neural connections in response to their changing needs. The HeuroTMProgram uses approaches to leverage this important healing process.
Injury or disease can disrupt the connections in your brain, causing damage that requires treatment. By supporting the brain’s ability to rebuild connections through the HeuroTM Program, it is possible for a brain to compensate for the damage caused by injury or disease. While this process typically happens over a long period of time, it may be accelerated by neuromodulation techniques that utilize non-invasive brain stimulation, such as the PoNS TreatmentTM.
How can PoNS TreatmentTM help to improve your balance?
- PoNS TreatmentTM combines mild stimulation of the tongue with targeted training
- Translingual stimulation of the trigeminal and facial nerves initiates a cascade of neural activity, resulting in neuromodulation
- Multiple sequential training sessions lead to reduction of symptoms
- The combination of stimulation with targeted training may enhance the
neuroplastic effect, which results in functional improvements in balance and gait
The HeuroTM Program uses approaches to leverage this important healing process
Thousands of Canadians live with persistent symptoms resulting from a mild-to- moderate traumatic brain injury (mmTBI). These symptoms have a significant impact on their quality of life, ability to do their job and on the lives of their family and loved ones.
This treatment was shown in a 26-week (14 weeks of PoNS treatment followed by 12 weeks of no treatment) long term clinical trial to restore balance to the normal range for a majority of study participants. For most participants, this balance improvement persisted during a predefined 12-week follow-up period after discontinuation of treatment, suggesting retention of the treatment effect.
Highlights of the Heuro Program featuring the PoNS TreatmentTM are:
Intensive.This 14-week treatment Program features one-on-one 90- minute physical therapy sessions with a certified PoNSTM Trainer.
Evidence-based.The Program is driven by published science and research with data demonstrating powerful outcomes.
Comprehensive.The Heuro Assessment System documents and quantifies progress using 15 measures spanning the cognitive, physical and functional domains.
Exclusive.The Program is the first of its kind in the world and is available only with proper training and certification and only in Canada.
Accessible.Our Client Access Program provides financing options to improve the affordability of the program cost. We are continually improving access by working with government, public and private insurers and employer’s insurance programs to make the program the standard of care.
How long is PoNS TreatmentTM?
PoNS TreatmentTM is a 14-week program that takes place in person at a HeuroTM clinic location.
For the first 2 weeks of the program, clients will have daily appointments in the clinic. The following 12 weeks require one clinic visit a week as well as additional in-clinic assessment appointments. Other parts of the program can be completed at home.
HeuroTM is continually evaluating and improving the HeuroTM Program and treatments. The initial deployment of the PoNS TreatmentTM is 14-weeks long. HeuroTM will continue to work with scientific experts to evaluate different modalities as the Program is implemented across Canada.
Are there any PoNSTM device contraindications or precautions?
The PoNSTM device delivers electrical stimulation directly to the surface of the tongue. Precautions for use are similar to those for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Electrical stimulation SHOULD NOT be used: if there is an active or suspected malignant tumor, in areas of recent bleeding or open wounds, or in areas that lack normal sensation. PoNSTM has not been tested on, and thus should not be used by, individuals under the age of 18 or who are pregnant. PoNSTM should not be used in patients sensitive to nickel, gold, or copper.
Use with caution
Electrical stimulation should only be used after seeking professional medical advice, and with caution in patients with any of the following:
- Implanted electronic devices, including: cardiac pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators, deep brain stimulators, vagal nerve stimulators, sacral nerve stimulators, and cochlear implants
- Metal in the mouth (e.g. piercings, braces, retainers, or other orthodontic appliance)
- Seizure disorders
PoNSTM Treatment Mechanism of Action