Suit Therapy (Therasuit)
TheraSuit® is a soft dynamic orthotic/suit developed to normalise the vestibulo-proprioceptive input of the wearer. Basically this means that it helps to align the body so information arriving to the brain, from the muscles, joints and tendons are under appropriate gravitational forces. This influences muscle tone, balance and posture. Conducting functional strengthening exercises whilst a child wears the Therasuit, allows the child to complete a motor skill in correct alignment, which builds specific strength for the task and can facilitate new fine and gross motor skills.
The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) also known as the Spider Cage is a 3-sided unit which uses a system of pulleys, straps, splints and bungee cords used to increase strength, range of motion and flexibility. The UEU allows the therapist to isolate any muscle and treat it according to the specific needs of the child. The elastic cords in the spider cage also allows the patient to be suspended and supported allowing functional movements to be completed almost independently.
A revolutionary suspension system created in Norway, Redcord and the Neurac® Method has the ability to detect weak spots or ‘links’ in the body. Individualised suspension exercises can then be applied, under safe load to allow weak muscles to switch back on. Suspension of the body also allows relaxation of spastic muscles, and activation of deep postural muscles which are often weak in patients with neurological conditions, therefore encouraging smooth coordinated movements.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ES, NMES)
NMES is the use of electrical stimulation (ES) to activate muscles through stimulating nerves. Often in patients with neurological conditions, muscles are intact they are just ‘asleep’ or not working as they should due to spasticity or palsy. By placing electrodes on specific muscles it can help provoke selective activation (the patient can learn to activate a muscle they may have never felt before) and reciprocal inhibition (relaxing muscles to allow others to move) allowing more coordinated movements and new motor skills to emerge.
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