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THERASUIT METHOD

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Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy is scheduled 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks. This intensive level of therapeutic treatment allows enough motor practice for new motor patterns to become more automatic. Equipment includes the universal exercise unit and the TherasuitTM. The universal exercise unit is designed to allow resistive training for even limited motor control through a system of pulleys and support. It also provides partial weight support or resistance as needed during completion of functional activities. The Therasuit™ is a soft dynamic proprioceptive orthotic which allows correction of posture and alignment to as close to normal as possible through a system of elastic rubber bands.

Therasuit™ Applications
-Cerebral Palsy
-Developmental Delay
-Traumatic Brain Injury
-Post Stroke
-Ataxia
-Athetosis Spasticity (Increased Muscle Tone) -Hypotonia (Low Muscle Tone)

Therasuit™ Benefits
-Retrains CNS
-Provides External Stabilization
-Normalizes Muscle Tone
-Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible
-Provides Dynamic Correction
-Corrects Gait Pattern
-Provides Tactile Stimulation
-Influences the Vestibular System
-Improves Balance and Coordination
-Decreases uncontrolled movements in ataxia and athetosis
-Improves body and spatial awareness
-Supports weak muscles
-Provides to strong muscles to further increase strengthening
-Promotes development of fine and gross motor skills
-Improves Bone Density

Research

Kanda,T., Pidcock, F.S., Hayakawa, K., Yamori,Y., Shakata,Y. (2004).

Stiller,C., Marcoux,B.C., Olsen, R.E. (2003).
The effect of conductive education, intensive therapy, and special education services on motor skills in children with cerebral palsy. Physical and Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics, 23(3), 31-50.

Odman, P. and Oberg, B. (2005).
Effectiveness of intensive training for children with cerebral palsy –a comparison between child and youth rehabilitation and conductive education. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 37(4), 263-270.

Trahan, J. and Malouin, F. (2002)
Intermittent intensive physiotherapy in children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 44(4), 233-239.

Shumway-Cook, A., Hutchinson , S., Kartin, D., Price, R., and Woollacott, M. (2003).
Effect of balance training on recovery of stability in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 45(9), 591-602.

Damiano, D.L. and Abel, M.F. (1998).
Functional outcomes of strength training in spastic cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 79(2), 119-125.

Morton, J.F., Brownlee, M. and McFadyen, A.K. (2005).
The effects of progressive resistive training for children with cerebral palsy. Clinical Rehabilitation, 19(3), 283-289.

The Therasuit™ and Therasuit Method™ were developed by Richard and Isabella Koscielny in Keego Harbor Michigan . They own Therasuit, LLC and The Pediatric Fitness Center, LLC.
www.suittherapy.com

How do I get more information about attending an intensive physical therapy session?
Call (251) 450-0070 for more information and an enrollment packet.

Additional Information

Our chief physical therapist and owner is Cheryl Thames, MSPT. (AL licensure number #2831). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Pediatric & Private Practice Sections of the APTA. Cheryl received a Master degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling , WV . The program is a problem based curriculum. Cheryl is currently pursuing her transitional DPT from Wheeling Jesuit University . Cheryl's experience is diverse with a base in acute care prior to focusing on pediatrics. Cheryl has eight years of physical therapy experience and 7 ½ years specializing in pediatrics. Cheryl opened Pediatric Physical Therapy, L.L.C. in May 2003. Cheryl hopes to expand to offer occupational and speech therapy as well as pediatric fitness and adaptive sports.

Education
Wheeling Jesuit University
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, August 1997
Research: Overuse Injuries in a 12-Year- Old Female: A Case Study

University of Alabama
Bachelor of Science - Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology, May 1994

APTA Member since September 1995
Member of the following sections; Pediatrics & Private Practice Mobile Area Physical Therapy Association President 2003 - 2004 APTA Certified Clinical Instructor CPR Certified Therasuit Method™ Certification Course – September 2005 Mobile , AL