Posture & Torso Alignment (PTA) System

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TheraTogs Posture & Torso Alignment (PTA) System is the preferred starting point for seeing improvements in upper body alignment and posture by taking advantage of our neuromotor system’s ability to learn and adapt to corrected alignment.

The PTA system consists of two garments and a small set of straps – a basic system that’s simple to apply, cost-effective, and easy to learn how to use.

Leverages the human ‘upright’ response to improved functional alignment

The PTA System includes the same TankTop and Hipster as the Full Body System, and is a good introduction to working with and using TheraTogs because you can see immediate results. The PTA system is simple to use, it only takes a few minutes to put on, and it gives the wearer postural and torso retraining all day long.

By focusing on trunk stability and postural alignment, you’ll lay the foundation for even more advanced outcomes.

Our Postural Alignment Algorithm will help clinicians determine their best options in managing postural alignment.

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Product Specifics

If you don’t see your indication in this list talk to your clinician or call us to see if the Posture & Torso Alignment System might be right for you.

  • Hypotonia
  • Flexible kyphosis
  • Flexible lordosis / excessive pelvic tilt
  • Difficulty maintaining midline trunk and sitting balance
  • Weak trunk muscles
  • Shoulder protraction & scapular abduction

Working together, client, clinician and caregiver can achieve these and similar outcomes with the PTA System:

  • Shortening of trunk muscles – letting them work in, and adapt to, a shortened state
  • Improved posture
  • Improved respiratory capacity
  • Reduced deviations between thorax and pelvis
  • Increased sensory awareness
  • Gentle shoulder retraction and scapular stabilization

These references all speak to the importance of proper trunk alignment – the explicit purpose of the TheraTogs PTA System:

Cignetti F, Kyvelidou A, Harbourne RT, Stergiou N. 2011. Anterior-posterior and medial-lateral control of sway in infants during sitting acquisition does not become adult-like. Gait Posture. 33(1):88-92.:1088-1097.

Curtis DJ, Butler P, Saavedra S, et al. 2015. The central role of trunk control in the gross motor function of children with cerebral palsy: A retrospective cross-sectional study. Dev Med Child Neurol. 57(4):351-357.

de Graaf-Peters VB, Blauw-Hospers CH, Dirks T, Bakker H, Bos AF, Hadders-Algra M. 2007. Development of postural control in typically developing children and children with cerebral palsy: possibilities for intervention? NeurosciBiobehav Rev. 31(8):1191-200.

Gajewska E, Sobieska M, MoczkoJ,et al. 2015. Independent reaching of the sitting position depends on the motor performance in the 3rd month of life. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 19(2):201-8.

Gajewska E, Sobieska M, Moczko J. 2014. Qualitative motor assessment allows to predict the degree of motor disturbances. Eur Rev Med PharmacolSci 18: 2507-2517.

Goodworth AD, Peterka RJ. 2009. Contribution of sensorimotor integration to spinal stabilization in humans. J Neurophysiol 102: 496 –512.

Hadders-Algra M, Carlberg EB. 2008. Postural Control: A Key Issue in Developmental Disorders (Clinics in Developmental Medicine), MacKieth Press (Wiley).

Hadders-Algra M. 2013. Typical and atypical development of reaching and postural control in infancy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 55 Suppl 4:5-8. Review.

Saavedra SL, van Donkelaar P, Woollacott MH. Learning about gravity: segmental assessment of upright control as infants develop independent sitting. Journal of neurophysiology. 2012 Oct 15;108(8):2215-29

Saavedra SL, Woollacott MH. Segmental contributions to trunk control in children with moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015;96(6)

Sahrmann SA. 2002. Diagnosis and treatment of movement impairment syndromes. St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Sahrmann SA. 2011. Movement system impairment syndromes of the extremities, cervical, and thoracic spines. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby.

Please search additional articles specific to indications and therapy outcomes: Science Research Page

Model #

Model Name

Weight (lbs.)

Max Shoulder-to-Hip (in.)

Max Hip-to-Knee (in.)

GPTA110

Posture & Torso Alignment System: Infant

15 – 25

10

9

GPTA210

Posture & Torso Alignment System: Pre-School

25 – 45

13

11

GPTA310

Posture & Torso Alignment System: Pediatric

45 – 65

15

18

GPTA410

Posture & Torso Alignment System: Teen/Petite Adult

65 – 110

17

20

Note: In most cases, the Infant PTA System is appropriate for larger infants with neuromotor issues requiring more hip and pelvis control than that which is provided by the Wunzi Infant System.

Measure and Fit Guidelines

Designed to be applied in three easy steps

Step One: Fit the Garment. The Hipster provides hip stability and attachment points for the TankTop and for strapping. The TankTop hugs the upper trunk. Together, the Hipster and TankTop create a full body ‘field’ for postural-assist strapping.

Step Two: Align the Spine. Choose from among 3 strapping applications to improve upper and/or lower trunk extension. If needed, strap to retract protracted shoulders and stabilize the scapulae.

Step Three: Add Advanced Strapping. Choose a strapping application to assist oblique and/or transverse abdominals to complete the core application. Strap from pelvis to thorax to reduce excess anterior pelvic tilt.

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TheraTogs systems are FDA Class I medical devices intended to be issued by, and applied under the supervision of, a licensed healthcare practitioner engaged in neuromotor training. TheraTogs systems are made of GoldTone – a proprietary composite fabric with foam backing made of an aqueous-based elastomeric urethane. TogRite strapping is elastomeric strapping with an inert, silicone-based grip surface. All materials and components of TheraTogs™ orthotic garment systems are latex-free in their manufacture and packaging.
TheraTogs™, Therapy You Wear™, TogRite™ and Wunzi™ are trademarks of TheraTogs, Inc. TheraTogs systems are protected by US Patents # 8,007,457 and 8,535,256 B2, and Canadian patent #2495769. Additional US and foreign patents pending.

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