Intensive Suit Therapy
Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy of Hudson
Valley is proud to announce that we are
now offering Intensive
Pediatric Physical Therapy
including Suit Therapy as of October 2003.
Europe this approach provides the child with intensive physical
therapy. Our program consists of 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 days a week
for 3 weeks. The intensity of the program results in improvements
achieved sooner than with traditional
physical therapy consisting of
twice a week for one hour.
sessions begin with a warm up including massage, range of motion and
stretching. The session then progresses to the active stage, which works
on muscle strength, endurance and flexibility; range of motion; balance;
coordination; and proprioception. This is accomplished using the
Universal Exercise Unit, which utilizes a system of pulleys and weights
to isolate specific movements, with or without resistance. Each session
culminates with functional training such as the developmental sequence
(rolling, creeping, sitting, transitions, and walking) and sensory
integration as needed for the child. This is done in the “spider” which
uses partial or full suspension to facilitate functional activities and
Suit therapy is
added for children using
the Therasuit ™, developed by Polish physical therapists, Izabela and
Richard Koscielny. The suit helps position the child in better
alignment, facilitates normal movement patterns and strengthens muscles.
www.suittherapy.com for further information regarding the Universal
Exercise Unit and the Therasuit™.
The family will
be provided with a home exercise program, including pictures and video
of their child performing these exercises. It is strongly recommended
that the child does one hour of exercises daily to maintain the
tremendous muscle strength, flexibility and functional gains they
achieved during their three weeks of intensive physical therapy.
Linda H. Fuller,
PT, PCS, has been trained and certified using the Therasuit™, and the
Universal Exercise Unit by Izabela Koscielny. Pediatric Physical Therapy
Hudson Valley purchased the FDA approved Therasuit™ and Universal
Exercise unit to provide this innovative and effective physical therapy
845-268-6010 for further information and for an application packet.