Intensive Therapy

This program provides intensive physical and/or occupational therapy consisting of therapy 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks. This provides your child with the opportunity to achieve his/or goals sooner than traditional therapy of twice weekly for 30 minutes.

Research has shown that intensive therapy sessions are more effective at helping the child achieve their same goals as compared to traditional non-intensive therapy (see "additional information" links below).

Our program is individualized to the child and the goals are discussed and determined with the parents and the child.

This program benefits any child with:
  Cerebral Palsy
  Developmental Delays                  
  Traumatic Brain Injury
  Post Stroke
The 3-week intensive therapy program allows us ample time to use many of the treatments we are trained in including Theratogs, FES, Kinesiotaping, NDT, Myofascial Release, Whole Body Vibration, Partial Weight Bearing Treadmill Training and sensory integration. However, two components are invaluable to the improvement in function in children with neuromuscular impairments. These components include:

1. The strengthening component. Improving muscle strength and endurance results in improvements in functional skills. Children with neuromuscular disorders have significantly reduced muscle strength. We use the Universal Exercise Unit, which is a system of pulleys and weights supported by a steel frame. Using this unit, specific muscles are isolated, with gravity eliminated, to facilitate even the weakest muscles to contract. The Whole Body Vibration unit and Functional Electric Stimulation also helps strengthen these weak muscles.

2. Functional training component. Children with neuromuscular disorders need to practice a skill or movements many times to learn it. Using the steel frame (spider suspension system), the child can be partially or fully suspended with a system of belts and bungee cords in an upright or seated position. Here, with the impact of gravity decreased, the child can practice many motor skills that they were not able to achieve due to the effects of gravity. In this supported position, the child experiences normalized movements. FES is another way to help train the muscles and the body to learn new tasks.

The family will be provided with a home exercise program, including pictures and/or video of their child performing them. To discuss this program and whether this would benefit your child please call us for an evaluation.

   
 

For additional information, please visit:

http://www.rehabpub.com/2013/09/pediatric-intensive-physical-therapy-an-emerging-model

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27612885

https://cerebralpalsynewstoday.com/2016/07/18/intensive-physical-therapy-improves-gross-motor-function-children-cerebral-palsy

 


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