The Therasuit Method - An Intensive Neurofunctional Training Program
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The Therasuit Method – An 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 Therasuit Method Intensive 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 this equipment helps children to develop new motor patterns and correct maladaptive patterns of movement. It is an entirely customized program aimed toward your child’s’ specific functional goals. The Therasuit Intensive Program is ideal for anyone looking to meet functional goals in a shorter time period than compared to traditional therapy methods.

The Therasuit Method

The Therasuit Method Intensive Program is a 4-week program with treatment 5 days a week for 3 hours per day.

The following are just 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

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 Benefits of the Therasuit Program

  • 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

What to Expect from A Therasuit Intensive

Before The Intensive Begins:

Prior to the start of your child’s intensive, we will establish a functional, attainable goal. 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:

Every session begins with the use of 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 UEU 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 and isolate weaker 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 allows 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 without someone always holding them.

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