The NeuroSuit™

Background

The NeuroSuit™ is an orthotic device (exoskeletal), designed after the original Adeli or “Penguin” suit. It is one of the most effective tools in physical therapy for children with disabilities. The original was created for Russian cosmonauts to reverse the effects of zero gravity following their lengthy space expeditions. The suit is an orthotic device that can be fitted to promote more normal body alignment.

The main components of the garment are: vest, shorts, knee and elbow pads, and modified shoes. All these components are linked together by elastic bungees, which are placed over the main muscular structures of the body to help recruit those muscles to function in the correct patterns and alignment. The constant force to the joints, muscles and tendons sends information to the brain.

The brain then starts to organize the information, producing a more normalized postural tone. The different changes in the body alignment and brain facilitation are achieved by the correct application of the suit by a physical therapist who is qualified and trained in the use of the NeuroSuit.™ 

This suit enables our physical therapists to use their hands-on skills to maximize functional activities.  With the help of the suit to correct alignment we can reduce our hands-on guidance, allowing the child to perform the activities with increasing independence.

When applied correctly, the NeuroSuit™:

  • Brings the body into correct alignment.

  • Provides compression distributed throughout the body.

  • Increases awareness of the body.

  • Provides resistance with every movement, thus increasing strength.

  • Creates NEW pathways to/from the brain, allowing new or improved motor skills to be formed.

  • Provides dynamic correction of movements, reinforcing proper movement during skills such as walking.

Benefits:

  • Re-trains the central nervous system

  • Provides external stabilization

  • Normalizes muscle tone

  • Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible

  • Provides dynamic correction

  • Normalizes (corrects) gait pattern

  • Provides tactile stimulation

  • Influences vestibular system

  • Improves balance

  • Improves coordination

  • Decreases uncontrolled movement in ataxia and athetosis

  • Improves body and spatial awareness

  • Supports weak muscles

  • Provides resistance to muscles to further enhance strengthening

  • Improves speech production and its fluency through head control and trunk support

  • Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills

  • Improves bone density

  • Helps to decrease contracture

  • Improves hip alignment through vertical loading over the hip joint

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