Physical Therapy Techniques and Equipment for Children in Salt Lake
At Intensive Physical Therapy Institute in Salt Lake City, we use the very best equipment and techniques to help children with disabilities learn motor skills and improve functionality in daily life. Our team of physical therapists can help your child succeed and will build a physical therapy plan specifically for your child.
The NeuroSuit™ is an orthotic device (exoskeletal), designed after the original Adeli or “Penguin” suit. It is one of the most effective tools in physical therapy for children. The original was created in the Russian Cosmonaut Center to reverse the effects of zero gravity following the Cosmonauts’ lengthy space voyages. Since the suit is an orthotic device, it can promote more normal body alignment.
The main components of the garment are: vest, shorts, knee and elbow pads/bands, and modified shoes. All these components are linked together by elastic bungees, which are placed on main muscular components of the body to help recruit those muscles to function in the correct patterns. The constant force to the joints, muscles and tendons sends information to the brain.
The brain then starts to organize the information, producing a more normalized postural tone. The different changes in the body alignment and brain facilitation are achieved by the correct application of the suit by a physical therapist who is qualified and trained in the use of the NeuroSuit.™ Use of the NeuroSuit™ by someone without the expertise can have adverse effects to the child.
This suit enables our physical therapy team to use a variety of treatments for children with disabilities, and you’ll see results quickly.
When applied correctly, the NeuroSuit™:
- Brings the body into correct alignment.
- Provides compression distributed throughout the body.
- Increases awareness of the body.
- Provides resistance with every movement, thus increasing strength rapidly.
- Creates NEW pathways to/from the brain, allowing new or improved motor skills to be formed.
- Provides dynamic correction of movements, reinforcing proper movement during skills such as walking.
- 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
- Normalizes (corrects) gait pattern
- Provides tactile stimulation
- Influences vestibular system
- Improves balance
- Improves coordination
- Decreases uncontrolled movement in ataxia and athetosis
- Improves body and spatial awareness
- Supports weak muscles
- Provides resistance to strong muscles to further enhance strengthening
- Improves speech production and its fluency through head control and trunk support
- Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills
- Improves bone density
- Helps to decrease contracture
- Improves hip alignment through vertical loading over the hip joint
Universal Exercise Units are known as “The Spider Cage” and “The Monkey Cage”
Universal Exercise Units
These steel units have three framed walls and a top, resembling a cage. They are referred to as the Spider Cage and the Monkey Cage, depending on usage.
The Universal Exercise Units are based on therapeutic principles developed over many years and are now successfully integrated into the intensive model of physical therapy (IMOT). It helps children with neurological dysfunction achieve real and lasting improvement.
The Spider Cage
The Spider Cage is effective in providing physical therapy for children with disablities while providing the effects of mechanical forces that interact with our neuromuscular system. This allows the brain to give a desired response while sitting, standing and balancing. The child is aided by eight bungee cords, which give him or her the ability to maintain postures that can’t be acheived independently.
The physical therapist facilitates different movement patterns and sensory input to allow the child to generate a normal response. As the child’s neuromuscular system gains more control, the assistance is progressively decreased. The bungees are attached to a belt on the child’s waist, resembling the eight legs of a spider, hence the name “Spider Cage.”
The Monkey Cage
The Monkey Cage is built the same as the Spider Cage, with the addition of a table. The child is assisted in different patterns to normalize posture or tone or to facilitate muscular isolation. Depending on the child’s needs, legs and/or arms are placed in slings suspended by bungee cords, sometimes giving the appearance of a monkey, hence the name “Monkey Cage.” We customize movements according to the child’s needs and condition.
Kinesiotape has been used since 1970 and was invented by Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase. Kinesiotape and its specialized taping methods were developed to normalize muscles and stabilize joints, allowing the body’s natural healing processes to take place, all without restricting range of motion. Kinesiotape is a thin, lightweight, flexible and breathable cotton tape. It protects and supports body structures, aids in circulation of blood and lymph fluids, and promotes healing. It may be worn continuously for three to five days.
Kinesiotaping is used to treat a broad spectrum of conditions and used to perform many physical therapy techniques for children with disabilities. In pediatrics, it is utilized as a great tool to either facilitate correct patterns of motion or to inhibit over activity (spasticity) in muscles that limits a child’s ability to achieve a functional task. Physical therapists trained in kinesiotaping understand the specific techniques to provide the right effect in children’s neuromuscular systems.
No need to worry about which technique would be best for your child. The team at IPTI is dedicated to helping each child with physical therapy techniques and treatment that are specific to their needs.
Give us a call today at (801) 251-0257 or (888) 304-9452 to get the best physical therapy for children in Bountiful, Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden, Utah.