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HTR Pediatric Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of the TheraSuit® Method to its service of pediatric therapies.
The TheraSuit Method is used to treat patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, coordination disorders, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, hypotonicity, and other non-progressive neurological disorders.
The TheraSuit is a soft dynamic orthosis that is used to provide a more corrected postural alignment while also neutralizing tone. This is done through use of elastic bungees that are positioned to correct the presence of atypical posturing patterns. The bungees provide proprioceptive input “compression/hug” to the muscles, joints, and ligaments.
When the body is in a more neutral alignment, it is more prepared to learn or relearn functional movement patterns that are essential for participation in daily activities. As alignment is restored, the bungees can be modified to then build strength. Using the TheraSuit, weight bearing is also facilitated into joints that might not otherwise receive the input. This helps to reduce risk of subluxation and dislocation to which many children with neurological disorders are susceptible.
The TheraSuit provides stabilization to the trunk/upper extremities and lower extremities allowing the body to be a more cohesive unit during movement. This helps to improve balance, spatial awareness, and coordination. In addition, the TheraSuit, also improves bone density, influences uncontrolled movements, supports head control, and improves center of gravity. The TheraSuit is not limited to only the core goals mentioned above.
HTR has certified TheraSuit therapists who can evaluate your child for eligibility of the implementation of this specialized intervention. The use of the TheraSuit Method can be used independently or in conjunction with the Universal Exercise Unit “UEU/spider cage.”
· Retrains/Restarts nervous system
· Improves coordination
· Enhances “normal” posture alignment
· Improves balance and coordination
· Improves body and spatial awareness through deep proprioceptive input
· Corrects gait pattern
· Provide dynamic correction
· Improves bone density through dynamic activation of muscles
· Influences uncontrolled movements in ataxia, athetosis, and dystonia
· Normalizes muscle tone
· Supports head and trunk control
· Improves center of gravity
· External activation of muscles for stabilization