What makes Active Development Therapies, L.L.C. Unique?
The Therasuit Method®, sometimes referred to as “suit therapy,” involves a soft dynamic orthotic device that was developed by innovative Physical Therapist to:
- improve postural alignment,
- inhibit spastic muscle tone,
- improve proprioceptive awareness,
- improve balance,
- strengthen weak muscle function,
- improve coordinated movements.
As said before, the Therasuit™ can be used in conjunction with the Intensive European Approach but we also use it during traditional therapy sessions.
The Intensive European Approach or Therasuit Method® consists of a 3 to 4 hour treatment session, 5 days a week, for a 3-week period. This particular program is broken into 3 treatment phases:
- Phase I: Warm-Up
The body is prepared through the use of modalities to lengthen soft tissue, improve joint awareness, improve awareness of body in space, and improve postural alignment.
- Phase II: Strengthening
The neck, trunk, and extremities are targeted through an individualized treatment plan to address strength deficits using isometric, isotonic, and resistive training.
- Phase III: Functional Application
Your child will work on a variety of activities such as transitional skills, mobility, gait training, balance activities, coordination drills, transfers, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
This method uses many pieces of unique equipment including the Universal Exercise Unit which is used to train clients the abilities to isolate the desired movements and strengthen the muscle groups responsible for that movement. This allows each therapist to focus on more direct gains in range of motion, muscle and joint flexibility, strength and mobility, as well as functional skills. Exercises that are performed in the Universal Exercise Unit target Upper and Lower body strength include: CORE musculature (head/neck, spinal), upper extremities (arms), and lower extremities (legs).
For more information regarding the Therasuit Method® please visit www.suittherapy.com