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Therasuit Method of Intensive Neurofunctional Training Program

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The Therasuit method intensive program is an intensive individualized therapy program designed to attain functional goals in a shorter time frame.

The program consists of the use of the Therasuit® ( a soft breathable dynamic orthotic suit with bungee-like cords attached), and the Universal Exercise Unit, also called the Spider Cage. The combined use of the various equipment helps children to develop new motor patterns and correct maladaptive patterns of movement by customizing a strengthening and functional skills program. The Therasuit Intensive Strenghtening Program is ideal for anyone looking to meet functional goals in a shorter time period as compared to traditional therapy.

The Therasuit program provides the following benefits:

  • Re-trains central nervous system
  • Provides external stabilization
  • Normalizes muscle tone
  • Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible
  • Provides dynamic correction
  • Normalizes (corrects) gait pattern
  • Provides tactile stimulation
  • Influences the vestibular system
  • Decreases uncontrolled movements in ataxia and athetosis
  • Improves body and spatial awareness
  • Supports weak muscles
  • Provides resistance to strong muscles to further enhance strengthening
  • Improves speech production and its fluency through head control and trunk support
  • Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills
  • Improves bone density
  • Helps to decrease contractures
  • Helps improve hip alignment through vertical loading over the hip joint

A customized, unique treatment plan will help your child improve in:

  • Activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing or self care
  • Improvement in balance
  • Improvement in Coordination
  • Improvement in gross motor activities/milestones

The Therasuit Intensive Program is 4 weeks in length. Treatments are 5 days/week, 3 hours per day. The following are some of the conditions that an Intensive program is suitable for.

  • Genetic disorders including Down syndrome
  • Neurological conditions
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Muscle tone disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Children needing post-op rehabilitation such as post-tendon releases, Botox, or rhizotomy

Before The Intensive Begins:

Before your child’s intensive begins, we will establish a functional, attainable goal for the intensive. Our team will then work on a plan and customize your child’s treatment to their unique needs.

What To Expect In Each Treatment Session:

When your child arrives for the session we will begin with hot packs and gentle massage or joint compressions to prep the muscles for work. Next, the child will complete a set of specific individualized strengthening exercises utilizing the pulley system. The child then moves into the spider cage to continue their strengthening in a functional, supported manner. This may be followed by additional functional work outside of the cage. All exercises are carefully selected to reach our functional goal. We are creative and strive to make each session enjoyable for the child.

Universal Exercise Unit(UEU)

The UEU, often referred to as the cage, incorporates the use of a pulley system and bungees. Strengthening in the pulley system helps to target specific muscles groups. Often times, sandbags are used while strengthening in the pulley system to isolate specific muscles. The other use for the UEU is with bungee suspensions. Often times in therapy, it is difficult to ensure the child is maintaining their alignment or sometimes they are too big to handle. The use of the bungee suspensions allow the therapist to ensure the child is well aligned while performing functional activities, while keeping the therapist’s hands free to assist in the activity. The suspension also allows a child to feel independence with out someone always holding them.

Benefits Of UEU

  • Increase strength
  • Increase range of motion (active and passive range of motion))
  • Isolate desired (weakened) muscle or muscle groups and 
strengthen them to enable function
  • Eliminate gravitational forces acting on the body to facilitate 
weak muscle groups and active movement
  • Obtain measurable gains in muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improve balance
  • Improve coordination
  • Focus on a particular functional skill
  • Promote developmental milestones
  • Facilitate upright position in any position
  • Partial or full weight bearing
  • Very early postoperative rehabilitation
  • Promotes motor learning and motor planning
  • Provides a  variety of sensory-integration techniques
  • Helps one to develop a sense of security and success
  • “Load” or “unload” the exercised joints 
(joint distraction or compression)
  • Promotes independence and overall improved 
physical image -“self confidence”