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Therasuitâ„¢

therasuit-cerebral-palsyThe Therasuit forms an exoskeleton around the child and incorporates a number of elastic straps that place a vertical load or resistance on the wearer.

The suit is worn while performing therapies and through repetitive exercise, focuses on improving motor development, strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and coordination.

Fitting the suit to the child is a complex and highly skilled task and the during therapy, both the suit and the child are constantly monitored and adjusted to maximise benefits.

Conditions:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post stroke (CVA)
  • Ataxia
  • Athetosis
  • Spasticity (increased muscle tone)
  • Hypotonia (low muscle tone)

Benefits:

  • Re-trains central nervous system
  • Restores ontogenic development
  • 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
  • Improves balance
  • Improves coordination
  • 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 US study of 20 children who had received Therasuit therapy found "functional improvements occurred in 92% of the participants. Additional progress was made in coordination by 56%, strength by 100%, range of motion by 100%, balance by 62% and movement control by 64%. We noticed a significant improvement in the level of new functional skills learned by our participants during the exercise sessions. In the study group, 90% learned to roll independently, 75% learned to sit without assistance, 49% learned to crawl, 39% gained the ability to stand independently, 33% learned to walk with assistive devices and 21% gained the ability to walk independently."