Spider Cage

Spider Cage

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Description

Spider Cage is a part of universal exercise unit .Spider cage is a suspension system, which works with use of belts, elastic cords and therasuits ( therasuits especially for cerebral palsy). 

"Spider cage". The name was given by children who were being treated in suspension system with bungee cords.


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Equipments that can be used in spider cage are:

  • Bungee Cords: These cords apart from being elastic provides right amount of support to patient and help patient to maintain position independently
  • TheraSuit (used especially with patients of cerebral palsy), was designed by Richard and Izabela Koscienlny in 2002 who are physical therapists.


Equipments Used

Equipments that can be used in spider cage are:


Bungee Cords: These cords apart from being elastic provides right amount of support to patient and help patient to maintain position independently

TheraSuit (used especially with patients of cerebral palsy), was designed by Richard and Izabela Koscienlny in 2002 who are physical therapists.


Therasuit consists of following parts:

  • Cap
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    Vests
  • Shorts
  • Knee Pads
  • Arm attachments
  • Shoe attachments


TheraSuits are available in sizes like extra small, small, medium, large and extra large.


TheraSuit can mostly be used for patients with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders. It helps in improving proprioception, reducing pathological reflexes, and promoting proper muscle movements.

Therasuit

Therasuit consists of following parts:

  • Cap
  • Vests
  • Shorts
  • Knee Pads
  • Arm attachments
  • Shoe attachments

TheraSuits are available in sizes like extra small, small, medium, large and extra large.

TheraSuit can mostly be used for patients with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders. It helps in improving proprioception, reducing pathological reflexes, and promoting proper muscle movements.


Patient is suspendend in between the cage with the help of cords and therasuit.Cords are dynamic and provides an appropriate amount of support with the help of which patient can perform movement independently. Like this patient can perform many exercises like crawling, standing, jumping etc. in spider cage. Performing these exercises in full or partial weight bearing will allow patient to improve sensory integration, developing sense of security and mastering respective activities.

Spider cage can be used when a therapist have following goals to work on:

  • To increase muscle strength
  • To prevent muscle atrophies and contractures
  • To increase passive and ative ranges of joints
  • To improve balance and co-ordination
  • To improve muscle flexibility

How it works

Patient is suspendend in between the cage with the help of cords and therasuit.Cords are dynamic and provides an appropriate amount of support with the help of which patient can perform movement independently. Like this patient can perform many exercises like crawling, standing, jumping etc. in spider cage. Performing these exercises in full or partial weight bearing will allow patient to improve sensory integration, developing sense of security and mastering respective activities. 

Spider cage can be used when a therapist have following goals to work on:

  • To increase muscle strength
  • To prevent muscle atrophies and contractures
  • To increase passive and ative ranges of joints
  • To improve balance and co-ordination 
  • To improve muscle flexibility
  • Pediartc patients with Cerebral Palsy,Neuromuscular disorders, Down's Syndrome and Developmental Delay
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Head injury
  • Musculoskeletal disorders including sports injury, rehabilitation following fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Indications

  • Pediartc patients with Cerebral Palsy,Neuromuscular disorders, Down's Syndrome and Developmental Delay
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Head injury
  • Musculoskeletal disorders including sports injury, rehabilitation following fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis


  •  Improves strength and flexibility of muscles
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Promote active ranges of motion of joints
  • Helpful in post traumatic rehabilitation
  • Promotes motor learning and motor planing
  • Promotes movement with partial or full weight bearing
  • Provides sensory integration
  • Loading and unloading exercises can be done for joint compression and joint distraction

Advantages

  • Improves strength and flexibility of muscles
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Promote active ranges of motion of joints
  • Helpful in post traumatic rehabilitation
  • Promotes motor learning and motor planing
  • Promotes movement with partial or full weight bearing
  • Provides sensory integration
  • Loading and unloading exercises can be done for joint compression and joint distraction



Researches

  • The Importance of Strengthening by Richard Koscielny PT

| January 2010 | Rehab Management http://www.suittherapy.com/pdf%20research/TheraSuit%20article%20strengthening%202010.pdf


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