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 245 clinics around world: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Middle East successfully using TheraSuit. There is more than 2,000 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 six years TheraSuit has proven to be safe and effective to use by therapists in clinics and at home by parents.
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.
TheraSuit consists of :
arm attachments - new - (available in 2009)
All the mentioned above elements of the suit are
connected with each other through a system of
3-5 years old,
34" - 44" tall