Intensive Therapy Program
At Melanie Massey Physical Therapy, Inc., we offer an incredible intensive therapy program with the revolutionary NeuroSuit™. We are pleased to combine the NeuroSuit™ with the experience of our therapists in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology.
One of our strengths at Melanie Massey Physical Therapy, Inc. is the combined experience of the therapy team in West Monroe, LA. Our clinic has been working in Pediatric therapy for over 16 years. MMPT, Inc. has always been very aggressive in learning and sharing with our patients new techniques that offer hope and the best opportunities available. Therefore, we may include Therapeutic Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, Vision Vestibular Protocol, and/or Brain Train if indicated and recommended by the therapy team.
Intensive Therapy Program
This intensive therapy program consists of 4 hours a day of physical therapy. The patient’s therapy schedule and activities are personalized to meet his or her individual needs. What makes our program so effective is the time we spend with the patient to target their deficits and enhance their strengths. This is done through massage, stretching, strengthening, repetitive exercises, use of the NeuroSuit™ and its methodologies, Universal Exercise Unit, and other methodologies which have been used in Russia for over 14 years. The first day will be an evaluation of 2-4 hours. Once the therapist has attained needed information you will have the rest of the day off so that the therapist can begin looking at data and establishing treatment plan and goals. During the last 2-3 days of therapy one session will be a time to re-test to determine amount of progress made.
Our staff of licensed and trained therapists are dedicated to creating and carrying out a therapy program that will produce results!
The NeuroSuit™, designed by an occupational therapist from the United States, incorporates thick elastic bands used to correctly align the body as the individual is put through exercises to experience “normalized” movements.This retrains the brain and simultaneously strengthens the appropriate muscles through the placement and resistance of the bands. The intensive training our therapists have received gives us the ability to know where to place the bands, which order to train the muscles, and the amount of resistance needed.
How does the suit work?
The NeuroSuit™ is a breathable, soft, dynamic orthotic.
- Improves and changes proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles)
- Reduces patient’s pathological reflexes
- Restores physiological muscle synergies (proper patterns of movement)
- Loads the entire body (anti-musculature) with weight (process similar to a reaction of our muscles to gravitational forces acting upon us for 24 hours).
All of the above normalizes afferent vestibulo-proprioceptive input (information arrives to vestibular system). The vestibular system is tremendously important because it processes, integrates and sends back all the information that arrives from the muscles, joints, tendons etc. It influences muscle tone, balance and position of the body in space.
The more correct the proprioception from the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, the better the body’s alignment. This cycle can be interrupted and new and correct information can replace incorrect information. To do this, a patient diagnosed with cerebral palsy, or other neuromotor disorder, requires hundreds of repetitions of any particular movement.
The NeuroSuit™ and its methodologies can help correct proprioception and accelerate the progress the patient is able to make. Thanks to the NeuroSuit™ and the intensive physical therapy schedule, the skills practiced will require less and less effort.
Universal Exercise Unit
This unit is known as the “monkey cage” and the “spider cage”. This unique device uses a system of pulleys to isolate muscle groups and allow for strengthening without allowing other muscle groups to over-compensate. The “spider cage” is a system of bungee cords which allows each individual to experience more independent movements; weight-bearing and shifting, and assisted movements–such as sit-to-stand, quadruped, squats, and even jumping!
The therapist guides the patient through exercises to strengthen muscles and allows the patient to experience precise and controlled movements.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Delays
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Post Stroke (CVA)
- Ataxia and Athethosis
- Spasticity (increased muscle tone)
- Hypotonia (low muscle tone) and Hypertonia
- Retrains central nervous system
- Provides external stabilization
- Normalizes muscle tone
- Aligns the body and normalizes gait pattern
- Provides dynamic correction
- Provides tactile stimulation
- Influences vestibular system
- Improves balance and coordination
- Decreases uncontrolled movement in ataxia and athethosis
- Improves body and spatial awareness
- Supports weak muscles
- Provides resistance to strong muscles to further enhance strengthening
- Improves speech through head control and trunk support
- Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills
- Improves bone density
- Helps to decrease contractions
- Vertical loading over the hip joint improves hip alignment
- Restores ontogenic development
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