TheraSuit Method®

The TheraSuit Method® is an intense, specific, and individualized strengthening program focused on improving a child’s functional movement patterns. The tailored intensive strengthening program utilizes a combination of pulleys and spider in the Universal Exercise Unit as well as wearing a soft dynamic proprioceptive orthotic, called the TheraSuit®. The TheraSuit® is made of a vest, shorts, knees, and shoe attachments in which bungees are attached to mimic muscle attachments to provide proper body alignment. The TheraSuit® Method is a tool directed to accelerate the functional progress of a child.

At PTS, our occupational and physical therapists certified in the TheraSuit® Method strive to develop goals with parents to achieve the greatest impact in quality of movement or function in children ages 2.5 to 18 years old with the following diagnoses:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Stroke
  • Hypertonicity
  • Hypotonicity
  • Dyskinesia: Ataxia, Athetosis, Dystonia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Down Syndrome

Our intensive strengthening program with the use of the pulleys and spider in the Universal Exercise Unit and wearing the TheraSuit® is performed for 3 hours/day for 5 days/week for 3 weeks in our Brandon and Lakeland locations.

Benefits of the Pulleys include:

  • Improve and/or develop muscle strength
  • Increase functional range of motion
  • Develop isolated and separate movements
  • Prevent joint contractures
  • Normalize muscle tone
  • Integrate primitive reflexes
  • Provide proprioception (deep pressure to muscles, joints, and ligaments)

Benefits of the Spider include:

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Midline orientation
  • Sensory integration
  • Independent movement
  • Skill training

Benefits of wearing the TheraSuit include:

  • Proprioceptive feedback (deep pressure to muscles, joints, and ligaments)
  • Creates new pathways in central nervous system
  • Normalizes muscle tone by influencing vestibular system
  • Changes biomechanical alignment
  • Provides dynamic postural correction
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Improves body and spatial awareness
  • Supports head and trunk control

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Nutrition is also an integral part of a child’s success during TheraSuit Method. Specifically, nutrition contributes to 50% of their progress as it aides the synapses responsible for making changes in the brain. Therefore, our TheraSuit team at PTS, will help guide parents with suggestions for proper nutrition to optimize your child’s potential.

During the final days of the intensive strengthening program, our highly trained occupational and physical therapists will provide parents with a thorough and extensive home exercise program including hands-on instruction based on your child’s goals. This will allow your child to continue to practice their improved movement patterns or skills at home. Your child can participate in the intensive strengthening program every three months to further boost their functional progress.

Discover what TheraSuit® can do for your child.

How was your experience with TheraSuit Method®?
My experience with PTS TheraSuit has been amazing. I am very happy with the staff and their thoroughness in creating goals and their effectiveness in achieving them. I’ve done the ThearSuit® program with different clinics and PTS is by far the best in the Tampa Bay area.

How do you think Elias responded to TheraSuit Method®?
My son has responded very well with the program. He looks forward to the program and working with his therapists. After each TheraSuit® program he has completed, he make tremendous physical gains that contributes to his improved speech and language.

What is the biggest gain Elias received from TheraSuit Method®?
Elias has made significant physical and speech gains that has contributed to his gross and fine motor functions. Overall, improving his daily life.

Would you return to Pediatric Therapy Services for your next TheraSuit Method®?
Absolutely, we come to all of Elias’ TheraSuits® here at PTS. We drive a hour to get here, they are simply the best.

How was your experience with TheraSuit® Method?
Therasuit® was what my child and family needed. The thought provides hope!! The suit provides results!! The therapists are some of the best I’ve encountered (and I’ve encountered MANY)!!!

How do you think your child responded to TheraSuit Method®?
Her brain needs this protocol and hard work to continue to develop. Amazing results.

What is the biggest gain your child received from TheraSuit Method®?
Through Therasuit®, she is constantly able to rapidly achieve the milestones that come so naturally to ‘healthy’ kids. This time her running has become more controlled and natural. Previously, I never new core strength had such an impact on eating, swallowing, and so many other normal behaviors.

Would you return to Pediatric Therapy Services for your next TheraSuit Method®?
I’m so in love with PTS, I’m hesitant to tell others how wonderful it is, so I don’t lose my spots!!

Anthony is 9 years old and has Cerebral Palsy.  He is non- ambulatory and non verbal.  Anthony must rely on others for all of his needs.  We want to give Anthony all available opportunities to grow and become as independent as possible.  Anthony has participated in the TheraSuit method for the last 2 years.  During that time, we have seen a tremendous increase in his strength, confidence, and communication.  In the beginning, Anthony had difficulty with the level of work required during TheraSuit, however, once he became familiar with the process he put in the work and his strides forward became evident.  When Anthony is physically engaged in therapy, his vocalizations increase and he becomes more focused on the task.  The gains he made during the few weeks of TheraSuit have carried over to home and school and even now 8 months later, he is still showing an increase in strength and stability.  His teachers have noticed the changes at school and our family members have commented on how much stronger and attentive Anthony has become.  If given the opportunity, we will continue to be a part of the TheraSuit program.

My daughters name is Rachael, she was born 3 months pre mature, as u can imaging Rachael couldn’t do very much for herself, with therapy she has improved but it’s a slow process, however with intensive therapy specific activities were targeted to help with everyday movements, after the second suit Rachael can bridge to change her, she can Stan up with minimal assistance and turn around in her walker all by herself, she can now side her walk and climb the 3 stairs to get on her bed with minimal assistance, we are in our third secession of Thera suit and I am excited by the progress she is showing already.