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Science of TheraTogs: Postural Control

Postural control is balance - the ability to maintain balance in a posture while attending to, and engaged in, a task. Postural control emerges on the basis of an innate necessity to gain and maintain upright postures, and is achieved and refined in all functioning positions and postures during the first 10 years of life, with the greatest gains made in the first 3 years. [1,2] The successful acquisition of...

What do TheraTogs do, exactly?

A properly fitted TheraTogs system provides orthotic support to improve postural stability, to enhance functional alignment, and/or to enhance (or inhibit) specific movements. The GoldTone™ garments give the wearer a comfortable, breathable, latex-free “second skin” over his/her trunk and selected limb segments. The fabric is designed to provide vertical stiffness to reinforce trunk stability, and lateral flexibility to grip the soft tissues and provide a comfortable fit. The garments then serve as a Velcro®-sensitive field for attaching elastic TogRite™ strapping, in virtually any configuration, to address the clinician’s rehab objectives.

How do TheraTogs work?

TheraTogs are specialized undergarments and straps customized for the wearer to create a live-in system that provides either neuromotor or postural training, or prolonged proprioceptive input.

  • For wearers with biomechanical or neuromotor issues, TheraTogs work by allowing the clinician to set the patient’s body in proper functional alignment, and letting them re-train their body through the ‘practice’ of daily activities. By applying prolonged, gentle forces during activity, TheraTogs can actually change the muscle and connective tissue – and for infants and young children, bone and joint development as well – in favor of better function and better alignment.
  • For wearers with sensory and sensorimotor issues, TheraTogs work by applying consistent, gentle compression and proprioceptive input across the entire trunk, and by offering stability and support in a dynamic system that moves with the wearer.

Using TheraTogs as ‘wearable therapy’, your client can gain the experience and the benefits of an all-day clinical therapy session. This is what we mean when we tell clinicians they can “send their hands home” with TheraTogs.

What kinds of conditions can TheraTogs address? How do I know if TheraTogs can help my client (or my child?)

TheraTogs are so adaptable, it would be challenging to list all their potential applications and uses here. Instead, here are a few guidelines:

If the therapist/practitioner can effect a change in the client’s stability, alignment, mobility, or motor control through unforced handling during a therapy session, it’s likely that this change can be replicated and supported outside the session by a properly configured TheraTogs strapping system.

If you or your therapist feel you’re “running out of hands” and could use a few more to effectively manage problems related to positioning (in a wheelchair or on other devices), or to client handling during therapeutic exercise sessions, you’ll also find in TheraTogs very helpful adjunct to your current management strategies.

If your client (child) presents any of these problems, TheraTogs has been shown to be effective in addressing related stability, alignment, and movement issues:

  • Ataxia
  • Hypotonia
  • Athetosis
  • Core or Trunk Weakness • Intoed gait
  • Out-toed gait
  • Joint deviations
  • Joint laxity
  • Muscle recruitment problems
  • Sensory integration issues
  • Postural mal-alignment
  • Muscle imbalance

See our TheraTogs by Indications web page for more specifics.

How do I know what product and size to order?

The attending clinician identifies the best product model based on the client’s indications and his/her rehab objectives. For our recommended product matchups, see the TheraTogs by Indications web page, or download the Product Selection chart.

TheraTogs are sized according to a combination of weight and specific dimensions. The correct sizing is determined by measurements taken by the clinician, which are then compared to the Sizing Chart appropriate for the desired product.

How do I buy TheraTogs?

In the US: As an FDA Class I medical device, TheraTogs are not an off-the-shelf product, and can only be used under the guidance of a rehab clinician. If reimbursement is a factor, request or obtain TheraTogs through your local DME or O&P Provider; a physician’s prescription may be required by the reimbursing agency. If you or your clinic is buying, you can order from any of the catalog distributors that carry TheraTogs. If the caregiver or client is buying out-of-pocket, he/she can participate, with the attending clinician, in the Research Partner Program. (See the Research Partner Program information for details.)

Outside the US: TheraTogs are available from leading distributors in over 40 countries. See our Global Distributors webpage for details.

Upcoming Events

September – October 2014

Sep
12
Fri
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level 1) @ University of Minnesota Conference Center
Sep 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training

Review the basic principles and management of torso and posture alignment, then spend over two hours of supervised hands-on practice using the TheraTogs Posture & Torso Alignment (PTA) system to address torso alignment, posture, and stability issues.

Sep
13
Sat
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-toeing Management Strategies (CTF Level 2) @ University of Minnesota Conference Center
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Pediatric In-toeing & Out-toeing Management Strategies

Review pediatric orthopedic lower-extremity (LE) skeletal and joint development (transverse plane) and the deviations of in-toeing and out-toeing. Learn and practice three LE musculoskeletal assessments that pertain to TP alignment and gait problems, plus practice the TheraTogs strapping procedures applied to improve functioning alignment of the femur at the hip joint and of the leg at the knee joint.

Oct
3
Fri
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level 1) @ ABR Denmark
Oct 3 all-day

*Hosted by ABR Danmark

Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training

Review the basic principles and management of torso and posture alignment, then spend over two hours of supervised hands-on practice using the TheraTogs Posture & Torso Alignment (PTA) system to address torso alignment, posture, and stability issues.

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Testimonial

I have been using Thera Togs on a number of my patients for close to ten years. In addition to their individual gains and improved outcomes, I’m also seeing a clear trend towards earlier discharge from going therapy. Outcomes are now achieved in one third the amount of time  if Thera Togs are used properly.

The families are thrilled, and what a cost savings that represents!

“Change their alignment, change their lives.”

— Nancy J Dilger, MA, PT, PCS, C/NDT, CKTP