What is Intensive Physical Therapy? Intense physical therapy sessions of 4-5 hours a day for 5 days a week for 3 weeks. Children receive 60-75 hours of physical therapy, which is more than one year of weekly therapy. Intensive physical therapy sessions use specialized equipment, including the Therasuit and the Universal Unit.
What is the TheraSuit?
The TheraSuit is a soft dynamic proprioceptive trunk and leg orthosis. It consists of a small jacket, shorts, knee pads and shoes which are then attached together by elastic bands. The bands are specifically placed to align the child’s body into improved alignment, allowing for the experience of normalized movement, more efficient muscle use and training proper muscle memory. The suit also provides increased sensory input, which improves body awareness temporarily.
What is the Universal Exercise Unit?
The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) is a large metal frame that allows for body weight supported exercise and isolated muscle strengthening.
The body weight support system consists of 8 bungees that attached from the UEU to a harness the child wears. Using this system, a child can walk, or perform dynamic sitting and standing exercises, which serves to improve strength, balance, and coordination.
Isolated muscle strengthening, using a pulley system allows for specific muscles to be targeted and strengthened in the correct motion for that muscle. Many children, especially those with muscle tone issues, tend to move with multiple muscle groups and have difficulty with isolated movements. By strengthening muscles in this way, children are taught how to activate only one muscle at a time.