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At NAPA Center we utilize cutting edge technology in many areas. One being Suit Therapy used in the Intensive Model of Therapy. The Suit, called the NeuroSuit, actually frames the body providing support and resistance simultaneously. It improves and changes proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce a patient’s undesired reflexes, facilitates proper movement and provides additional weight bearing distributed strategically throughout the body. This additional weight bearing provides strong feedback to the brain which helps create new improved patterns of movement such as when walking while the body is maintaining a more upright, correct posture.
A patient diagnosed with cerebral palsy, post stroke, or other neurological disorder, requires hundreds of repetitions of any particular movement to learn or relearn missing skills. We believe that as individuals, we all have an unknown “specific” number.
For example: a baby that is trying to push off the floor will need to repeat this movement a few dozen times in order to master it. Yet, another one may need either more or less repetitions to learn the same skill. For the person with a neurological disability, however, this fairly low “specific” number grows to hundreds of repetitions to learn and master new skills. This is one major component of the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) designed to allow ample time to increase repetition of skills.
The NeuroSuit worn over prolonged time during physical therapy can help correct proprioception and accelerate progress, such that in physical movement the skills practiced will become more fluent and require less effort. In the Intensive Suit Therapy Program, individuals often make the same or more progress in just 3 weeks of Intensive Therapy that they would in an entire 12 months of traditional therapy. With the highly skilled therapists on staff at NAPA Center combined with the tools of the IMOT program, many children achieve rapid results in a short burst of time.