Our Therapy Equipment
In addition to the conventional equipment and toys pediatric clinics use, we offer a wide variety of additional equipment to achieve your child’s fullest potential.
Universal Exercise Unit – Cage Therapy
The Universal Exercise Unit is a device that resembles a cage. It contains a system of pulleys, ropes and weight. It facilitates strength training and isolation of specific muscles while preventing unwanted compensatory muscle activation. It can be used for static stretching of tight muscles.
Another important component of the cage therapy is full body suspension. With the use of slings and ropes, the child can be fully suspended in several positions (sitting, prone and supine). In these positions, the child can experience vestibular stimulation through swinging, as well as antigravity strength training to neck, trunk, legs and arms.
Universal Exercise Unit – Spider Therapy
The Universal Exercise Unit also consists of a belt and bungee cords (Spider) which provide dynamic support in various positions. The spider allows the child to maintain and transition between sitting, kneeling, all-fours and standing positions with little to no support from the therapist. This allows the therapist to focus on the quality of movement and facilitation of muscles needed to maintain and transition through each position.
The Spider also allows children to experience jumping, which is fun and helps with body awareness, coordination, strength, and cardiovascular endurance.
The Spider is a very useful device to promote self-confidence and independence.
The parallel bars are very useful for weight shifting, squatting, sit to stand training, balance activities, and walking forward, backward and sideways, while giving the child support and a sense of security.
Stair training is very important to help the child develop strength in the legs, balance, weight shifting and reciprocal pattern. It positively affects the child’s walking ability.
Ceiling Track System
We have a 25 foot track system which allows the child to be supported with a harness while crawling, and walking on the floor or the treadmill. This system is height adjustable to give the child variable amount of weight on his/her feet when walking to reduce or increase the amount of effort needed to walk. This system allows the therapist to work on specific components of crawling and walking to improve step quality.
The treadmill can be used with children of any age. It can be used with or without the ceiling track system. Treadmill training improves fitness, strength in the leg and trunk muscles, balance and walking pattern. With the use of the treadmill, the therapist helps the child learn to use the appropriate muscles for walking. The speed of the treadmill can be adjusted in very small increments to match the child's function and fitness levels.
Freedom Concepts Tricycle
Tricycle training is fun and very therapeutic. It improves range of motion and strength in the legs, coordination, motor control, spatial awareness, and overall fitness. Tricycle training ultimately improves the child’s ability to crawl, transition to standing, and walk.