Lampert's Therapy Group

About Intensive Therapy

therasuit6Intensive therapy utilizing the TheraSuit® Method is an innovative therapy protocol used for children with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy. The protocol utilizes specialized equipment and techniques to help children gain the strength and endurance needed for movement. Benefits of the TheraSuit Method include retraining the central nervous system, normalizing muscle tone, correcting gait pattern, improving balance, increasing strength, and improving bone density.

The TheraSuit, which has FDA approval, consists of shorts, a vest, knee pads, shoe attachments, and a hood. It was inspired by the original suit used by the Russian Space Program to counteract the harmful effects of weightlessness and modified by physical therapists Izabela and Richard Koscielny to be used for people with disabilities.  Elastic bands are used to properly align the body, support weak muscles and provide external stabilization. The bands can be adjusted for each child to provide the needed support or resistance.

 

The program is provided by physical and occupational therapists who have undergone specific training in this technique. This intensive therapy protocol is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for three continuous weeks. Children will be assisted through a variety of dynamic exercises and activities while wearing the TheraSuit that will re-train their muscle memory and assist them in living more functionally.

Some of the benefits of our intensive program are:

  • Re-trains the central nervous system
  • Provides external stabilization
  • Normalizes muscle tone
  • Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible
  • Provides dynamic correction
  • Corrects gait pattern
  • Provides tactile stimulation
  • Influences vestibular system
  • Supports weak muscles by using resistance to build strength
  • Improves balance
  • Encourages improvement in speech production and fluency
  • Improves coordination
  • Decreases uncontrolled movement in ataxia and athetosis
  • Improves body and spatial awareness
  • Promotes development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Improves bone density
  • Improves hip alignment
  • Provides deep proprioception

therasuit2The Universal Exercise Unit is another component of our program. This elaborate system utilizes a series of pulleys and weights to increase a child’s strength and range of motion. The child lies on a treatment table and participates in exercises while the therapist facilitates the movements. During treatment, each body part is isolated while exercises are performed to increase strength. The principle of the UEU is for the child to perform independent movement by eliminating gravitational forces through suspension of the body part being exercised. Goals of these exercises include the following:

  • Prevent muscle atrophy
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increase passive and active range of motion
  • Prevent joint contractures
  • Improve and normalize muscle tone

Therasuit1Another way we use the Universal Exercise Unit is as a “Spider Cage”. In this application, a system of bungee cords is attached to the cage and to a harness the child wears. The stabilization provided with this application allows for subtle movements children could never experience on their own. The support also allows the therapist to guide the child through different activities. The principle of the "Spider" is for the child to be able to perform an independent movement while the body is supported through a dynamic system of elastic cords. The goals of these exercises include the following:

  • Promote developmental milestones
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improve stabilization
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Promote independence
  • Prevent muscle atrophy
  • Improve sensory integration

Lampert’s Therapy Group specializes in this technique and our therapists are certified in this method. Please contact us for more information on the TheraSuit Method and all of its components.


Therasuit Therapy

Lampert's Therapy Group

8254 118th Avenue North
Suite 100
Largo, FL 33773

(727) 541-5304

Toll Free: (877) 541-5304
Fax: (727) 546-8527

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