TheraSuit® and the TheraSuit Method®
TheraSuit® and the TheraSuit Method® is an Intensive Therapy Program, offered in the Denver area for 3-4 hours per day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks, however each intensive is tailored to the needs of the individual child.
This program will utilize The TheraSuit Method®, a holistic approach to treatment for those with neurological disorders like Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Spasticity, Hypotonia and more! The key element of this method is an intensive strengthening program established for the participant based on his individual needs, strengths and weaknesses. TheraSuit Method® is based on an intensive and specific exercise program aimed at the elimination of pathological reflexes and establishing new, correct, and functional patterns of movements. This intensive program is essential to provide consistency of therapeutic intervention and increased repetition of exercises necessary for significant muscle and neurological retraining.
TheraSuit Method® utilizes various tools and exercises, including the TheraSuit® (also known as a Neuro Suit) and Universal Exercise Unit (also known as a Spider Cage.) The TheraSuit® is a breathable, soft dynamic orthotic used to improve and change proprioception, reduce pathological reflexes, restore physiological muscle synergies and load the entire body with weight similar to a reaction of our muscles to the gravitational forces.
Universal Exercise Unit is used to train and isolate desired patterns of movement to specifically strengthen the muscle groups responsible for that movement. Universal Exercise Unit works to improve range of motion, muscle strength and joint flexibility, as well as functional skills. This program is provided on a one-on-one basis with our licensed, TheraSuit® certified physical therapists. After completion of the intensive program, a complete, individualized home program will be provided with detailed education to the patient and parent. TheraSuit® intensive therapy is currently available in Denver, CO.
For entry into the program, our licensed, TheraSuit® certified physical therapists must screen, evaluate, and recommend the patient for inclusion in the program. The following is a list of indications, contraindications and precautions for entry to the program. In addition, the child must have clearance from his or her physician.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental delays
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Post stroke (CVA)
- Spasticity (increased muscle tone)
- Hypotonia (low muscle tone)
- Hypertonia (high muscle tone)
- Other neurological disorders and syndromes (Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome)
- Progressive genetic or metabolic disorders
- Hip subluxation greater than 50% can use TheraSuit®, but not leg portion
- Severe scoliosis
- Fixed joint contractures (lower extremities and hip)
- Severe osteopenia/osteoporosis
- Joint degenerations (hip, spine, knee, foot)
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Uncontrolled seizure activities
- Recent surgery, strain/sprain
- Hip subluxation
- Hydrocephalus (VP shunt)
- Metabolic disorders
- Poor bone density
- Kidney problems
PLEASE NOTE: A child does NOT have to be a current patient at HealthPRO Pediatrics to participate in TheraSuit Method® at HealthPRO Pediatrics. They may resume services with their regular PT/OT provider following completion of TheraSuit Method®