St. Nectarios Recovery Center
for Neuromotor Disabled Children
for Neuromotor Disabled Children
TheraSuit is the only device of this type registered with the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and meets all requirements and regulations in the industry. There are currently over 350 clinics around the world that successfully use TheraSuit in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Combined with our intensive daily program, Costume Therapy accelerates the development of new motor skills, leading to muscle strengthening and brain and body habits with sitting, standing and walking.
Thanks to the construction and improvements made, the TheraSuit suit is a porous, soft and dynamic. Its main goal is to improve and modify proprioception (pressure in the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce the pathological reflexes of the patient, restore physiological muscle synergies (correct patterns of movement) and confer weight to the body (a process similar to the reaction of our muscles to the action of gravitational forces on us for 24 hours). All of the above normalize the vestibular and proprioceptive affinities (information that arrives at the vestibular system). The vestibular system is an extremely important center because it processes, integrates and retrieves all information from the muscles, wrists, tendons, etc. It influences the muscular tone, balance and position of the body in space.
The more proprioceptive (wrists, ligaments, muscles, tendons, wrists, etc.), the more correct the posture is. The vicious circle can be interrupted and incorrect information replaced with correct "new" information. A patient (child) diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular dysfunction requires hundreds of repetitions of any movement. We consider that each individual has a "magic" number. For example: a baby trying to get up from the floor will have to repeat the movement hundreds of times to truly master it. The other may need more or less repetitions to learn the same skill. However, in the case of a child with cerebral palsy, this little "magic" number increases to a thousand or even more repetitions to learn and master new skills. The TheraSuit costume worn for a long time will correct proprioception and accelerate progress. Thanks to TheraSuit costume and physical motion therapy, the exercises will become more fluid and will require less effort. For this reason, the TheraSuit suit makes it easy to develop new thick and fine motor skills such as seat, standing and walking.
The TheSuit method has been proposed as an alternative to conventional physiotherapy and is based on a costume originally designed by Russians to be used by cosmonauts in space to minimize the effects of imponderability. Costume Therapy or Dynamic Proprioceptive Correction (CPD) has been popularized as a treatment method in Poland and the United States and focuses on improving sensory stimulation and generating in patients the ability to stand and move through the therapeutic resistance of the costume . This method allows the movement, the state to stand and the strategies of balance.
The TheraSuit costume includes a vest, shorts, knee pads and special footwear, with hooks and elastic strings that help the body understand how to move in space. Therapists use the TheraSuit suit to keep the body in the right position. The costume is an external skeleton that produces a vertical weight of about 15 to 40 kg. The costume increases the patient's ability to develop new motor plans through repetitive muscle hardening exercises, allowing the artificial formation and reinforcement of the right movements and increasing strength at the same time.
The TheraSuit method deepens proprioceptive awareness and gives the child a better posture during the various activities. Restoring correct posture plays a crucial role in normalizing muscle tone and sensory and vestibular function. The costume aligns the body as close as possible to the normal posture and the idea is that the body parts move against resistance, improving muscle strength. A series of attached elastic strings provide compression of the joints (tactile stimulation) and muscle strength during movement. By positioning the elastic strings, the selected muscle groups can be exercised as the patient moves his limbs and thus the costume therapy is a form of exercise controlled against resistance. Costume therapy improves endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, bone density and spatial awareness.
Along with the TheraSuit costume, an Ability Training Unit (ATU) is sometimes used to help children in functional activities and muscle building exercises. ATU is used to isolate and strengthen certain muscles or muscle groups in order to increase muscle strength, flexibility, mobility, and improve functional abilities. Sometimes children call ATU "cage". The "cage" is also called the "spider cage" when the children are equipped with a belt attached to the cage by means of the elastic strings. With the help of elastic strings, the child is provided the minimum safety and balance necessary to practice some activities on his own. Also, the cage allows the child and the therapist to perform activities that would normally require two or three therapists, having the role of additional pairs of arms. In the spider cage, children can perform activities that they would not be able to do without the help of elastic strings. Depending on how the elastic strings are positioned, you can practice sitting, kneeling, four-pawed state, stand-up, muscle strengthening exercises, and many other activities.
The key element of an intensive plan is the muscular hardening and balance program set up for the participant according to his / her individual needs and strengths and weaknesses. Increase in strength is reflected in daily functional activities following or combined with muscle building exercises. The elimination of pathological reflexes and the establishment of new correct and functional movement patterns are of particular importance. A regular day of an intensive program can consist of deep-tissue massage and massage, techniques of muscle tone reduction and sensory integration, attenuation of pathological patterns of movement, enhancement of correct active motion patterns, stretching / strengthening of certain groups of muscles role in functional movement, progressive resistance exercises, exercise of balance / coordination and endurance, transfer of functional activities and practice of walking. Thus, intensive care is ideal for those who want to accelerate progress in terms of developmental and functional skills.