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Space suit therapy is an increasingly popular method of therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy—a group of disorders caused by severe brain damage that effects movement and posture, among other things. The space suits, also known as Therasuits, Adeli Suits, Polish Suits, Penguin Suits, or Therapy Suits, resemble an outfit much like those originally developed by the Russian space program to help astronauts maintain muscle tone in the absence of gravity.
The suit itself is form-fitting, and has many elastic cords that attach to various points on the body including the feet, knees, torso, and sometimes the upper limbs and head. The bungee cords are positioned to keep the body properly aligned, and to forcibly encourage movement within a normal range of motion.
Space suit therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy is designed to limit body movement in specific ways in order to force the body into proper physical alignment. The aim is to help those who suffer the effects of cerebral palsy to eventually replace the unusual or awkward movements they are accustomed to with proper movements. The suit effectively “restarts” the vestibular system (the system that maintains balance), and allows the user to learn to walk, stand, or maintain position all over again.
Benefits of Space Suit Therapy
Space suit therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy works to align the body in order to correct posture and movement patterns. Because it essentially forces its wearer to move properly, it provides the following benefits:
By wearing a space suit, walking, posture, standing, and positional maintenance may be significantly improved. Some say that space suit therapy can even help cerebral palsy sufferers with speech, reduce spasticity, and improve cognitive functioning.
Your Legal Rights
Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover space suit therapy costs, despite the fact that much progress has been seen with this method of treatment. However, if you suspect your child's cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of a medical professional, you may be able to recover the cost of cerebral palsy medical expenses and treatment, your family's emotional distress, and more through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a compassionate and experienced cerebral palsy attorney who can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action for you.