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Pediatric Dragonfly

Announcing the TherAlign Dragonfly TLSO - The first code-verified product from TheraTogs!

We are thrilled to announce the availability of the DRAGONFLY TLSO™, the first release in the new THERALIGN™ brand of code-verified orthotic systems. The new Dragonfly TLSO combines warm-and-form spinal bracing with the wearable therapy of a TheraTogs subsystem in a customized, integrated orthosis. Available in infant-to-adult sizes, the Dragonfly TLSO has been code-verified by PDAC  for HCPCS Code L-0456 and L-0457. “The Dragonfly combines two proven clinical approaches,” said Beverly Cusick,...

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

Apr
13
Wed
ACPOC (Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics) – Annual Conference @ Omni Interlocken Resort
Apr 13 – Apr 16 all-day

Billi_TeachingTheraTogs inventor and founder Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, COF will be speaking at the  upcoming ACPOC Annual Conference in Broomfield, CO.

We will also be exhibiting at the conference – stop by and say hello!

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Testimonial

W.S.  is doing GREAT!  The family compliance with the Wunzi is amazing – unless she has had a “blow-out”, the Wunzi is on and fitted well.  She is now combat crawling for mobility.  She is able to butt scoot well but since she cannot get up into sit yet ( actually working in our favor now) and the family keeps her on her stomach a lot she has been practicing crawling quite a bit.

Some days her arm is very relaxed and her overall postural control is so much better in her Wunzi.  I have been doing some scap mob and facial release followed by stretching to keep her right torso stretched out.  Spontaneous use of her right hand has also increased, and she seemingly thinks she is supposed to feed herself with her right hand since the family uses the restaining cast a lot for feeding.

We are now beginning to work on pulling to stand and creeping.  Yeah!

The family is very grateful, as am I.

— Janet, PT