I. TheraSuit
  
In 2002 a device called  TheraSuit
(U.S. Patent US 7,153,246, International Patent PCT/US2008/051458) was designed by Richard and Izabela Koscielny.
They are a Physical Therapists, parents of disabled child and the owners of Therasuit LLC company. TheraSuit
is exclusively manufactured, imported and distributed by Therasuit LLC.

TheraSuit is the most recent and sophisticated design yet, but  does not require lengthy training or special skills. TheraSuit was created to be used by therapists and parents alike, both during therapy time and out of the clinical setting. 

TheraSuit is the only one of these kind of devices in United States registered with FDA and meeting all requirements and regulations. Currently there is more than 380 clinics around world: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Middle East successfully using TheraSuit. There is more than 2,900 trained therapists using TheraSuit Method (Suit Therapy) in their clinics and hundreds of trained parents using TheraSuit with their children at home on the daily basis. 

For the last twelve years TheraSuit has proven to be safe and effective to use by therapists in clinics and at home by parents.

 

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TheraSuit is listed, registered and meets standards, and requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. How does the TherSuit works?

TheraSuit, thanks to its construction and improvements creates a breathable soft dynamic orthotic. Its major goal is to improve and change proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce patient's pathological reflexes, restore physiological muscle synergies (proper patterns of movement) and load the entire body with weight (process similar to a reaction of our muscles to the gravitational forces acting up us for 24 hours). All of the above normalizes afferent vestibulo-proprioceptive input (information arriving to the  vestibular system). The vestibular system is a very important center. It processes, integrates and sends back all the information that arrives from muscles, joints, tendons etc. It influences muscle tone, balance and the position of the body in space.

The more correct proprioception from the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, joint's capsule etc., the more correct alignment. The vicious cycle (picture 1)  can be interrupted and incorrect information is replaced by " new" correct information (picture 2). A patient (child) diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and other neuro-motor disorders requires hundreds of repetitions of any particular movement. We believe that as individuals, we all have a "magic" number. For example: a baby that is trying to push-off the floor will need to repeat this movement a  few hundred times in order to master it. Another one may need either more or less repetitions to learn the same skill. For the Cerebral Palsied child however, this fairly low "magic" number grows to a thousand or more repetitions to learn and master new skills. TheraSuit worn over a prolonged time will correct proprioception and accelerate the progress. Thanks to the TheraSuit and physical movement (therapy) the skills practiced will become more fluent and require less and less effort. Therefore, TheraSuit  facilitates the development of new gross and fine motor skills like sitting, standing, walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TheraSuit consists of :

All the mentioned above elements of the suit are
connected with each other through a system of
elastic bands. 

TheraSuit Arms Attachment

TheraSuit comes in 6 sizes:

  • x-small  (yellow/red)                   2.5 years and older, below 34" tall

  • small     (yellow)                        3-5 years old, 34" - 44" tall
     

  • medium (red)                             5-8 years old, 44" - 51" tall

  • large     (green)                        8-12 years old, 51" - 56" tall

  • x-large  (blue)                           12 - adulthood, 56" - 66" tall

  • xx-large (blue/yellow)               adults

 

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*Therapy programs provided in the Centers using TheraSuit may vary. 
*Therasuit LLC and their representatives are not affiliated with any of the clinics.   
*Therasuit LLC offers equipment registered and listed by the FDA. 
*TheraSuit received "Safe for Children" Certificate and CE Mark in European Union.
*TheraSuit United States Patent # US 7,153,246
*TheraSuit International Patent PCT/US2008/051458