Syncrude Centre for Motion & Balance

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

The Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance (SCMB) is unique in Canada. The Centre provides a continuum of care in one facility, moving clients (primarily adults) with complex dizziness, balance disorders, and problems with walking from assessment through diagnosis to rehabilitation.

Patient Story

Referring a Patient

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Contact the Glenrose Research Office

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Our Services

The Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance (SCMB) serves adults and children but has expertise with all age groups and provides two main groups of service:


Motion analysis uses a non-invasive, state-of-the-art motion capture system that obtains, analyzes, and displays three-dimensional data of patients while they are walking. These technologies include motion capture, high-speed video, and foot pressure measurement to give clinicians in the multidisciplinary team a better understanding of how clients walk, often referred to as clinical gait analysis. The clinical team uses information gathered from the motion analyses to help guide a patient’s course of treatment and its outcome. The team is involved in a number of research studies from core muscle activity in sitting balance, to analysis of gesturing.

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Vestibular disorders are not uncommon. Testing is required to determine whether a patient does have a vestibular disorder and how the patient can be treated.  A team of highly qualified therapists who use state-of-the-art technology, for example, Videonystagmography (VNG), Rotary Chair, Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) and inVision testing assess clients presenting with inner ear and balance issues that make up Balance Services.

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Our Students

The Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance often partners with post-secondary institutions in Alberta and other Alberta Health Services programs to educate medical students, otolaryngology and physiatry residents, audiology and physical therapy students, and clinicians.

Current Research

The Syncrude Centre for Motion & Balance Teams are involved in several research studies, from core muscle activity in sitting balance to gesture analysis. The team generates various research studies internally; however, external researchers who wish to collaborate with the GRH teams are encouraged to bring their ideas forward to the Glenrose Research office.