We prefer to tell the TheraTogs story with images and videos whenever we can, but sometimes you just need the familiar, tried-and-true FAQ format. Here are the answers to the questions we most commonly receive.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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 Product Sizing Chart appropriate for the desired product.
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.
Outside the US: TheraTogs are available from leading distributors in over 40 countries. See our Global Distributors webpage for details.
Are TheraTogs paid for by health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare? Is a medical prescription required?
In many cases, yes – third party payors and state Medicaid agencies will pay for TheraTogs if they are requested properly “through the system” as defined by that payor. In most of those cases, the TheraTogs system must be ordered through an O&P (orthotic and prosthetic) provider or a DME (durable medical equipment) organization. Prescription requirements vary by state and by payor, but your provider will likely know the requirements.
TheraTogs are warranted for 6 months for any defects in material or workmanship. With an estimated maximum wear cycle of 12 hours/day, 6 days/week, this represents a ‘projected wear life’ of over 1500 hours. Of course, Your Mileage May Vary – individual wear patterns, washing practices, exercise and perspiration rates, and a number of other factors may reduce or increase that figure. Within six months of purchase, however, we guarantee TheraTogs will retain their fit and function – or we’ll replace any failed components at our cost.
Yes, you can: download the Replacement Parts Form and send it in with the required information, and we’ll send you back a Parts Order Confirmation with the associated costs. You’ll need any one of three forms of proof-of-purchase: your order number, your product registration ID (provided on a postcard included with each system), or the Lot Number of your TheraTogs system.