Intensive therapy utilizing the TheraSuit® Method is an innovative therapy protocol used for children with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy. The protocol utilizes specialized equipment and techniques to help children gain the strength and endurance needed for movement. Benefits of the TheraSuit Method include retraining the central nervous system, normalizing muscle tone, correcting gait pattern, improving balance, increasing strength, and improving bone density.
The TheraSuit, which has FDA approval, consists of shorts, a vest, knee pads, shoe attachments, and a hood. It was inspired by the original suit used by the Russian Space Program to counteract the harmful effects of weightlessness and modified by physical therapists Izabela and Richard Koscielny to be used for people with disabilities. Elastic bands are used to properly align the body, support weak muscles and provide external stabilization. The bands can be adjusted for each child to provide the needed support or resistance.
The program is provided by physical and occupational therapists who have undergone specific training in this technique. This intensive therapy protocol is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for three continuous weeks. Children will be assisted through a variety of dynamic exercises and activities while wearing the TheraSuit that will re-train their muscle memory and assist them in living more functionally.