Science of TheraTogs: Somatosensory Processing & Modulation

The somatosensory system uses nerve endings and receptors embedded in skin to detect tactile (touch) information about body contact with the environment and with objects, and uses endings and receptors embedded in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint surfaces to receive proprioceptive information about body position in space and body segment positions relative to each other. […]

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Science of TheraTogs: Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the science and study of and the influences of forces imposed upon the body while maintaining postures and during movement. The field of biomechanics examines the effects on motions and energy cost of such factors as the features of body alignment, the base of support (BOS), the location of the body center of […]

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Spina Bifida (Myelodysplasia)

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect, with approximately 8 babies born each day in the United States. Functional outcomes vary with the location of the lesion and the injury to the nerves. How can TheraTogs contribute to the management of children with Spina Bifida? If you can correct a postural or movement […]

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Perception-Action (PA) Therapy

(Formerly Tcharnuter Akademie for Motor organization – TAMO) P-A holds that perception is an active process of seeking information about the environment through all available sensory channels. All human senses can thus be considered as perceptual systems. [1] A perception-action loop is one in which perception guides actions which are necessary for gathering the perceptual […]

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Sensory Integration (SI) Therapy

Roley et al (2007) explained the SI theories and approach, and reviewed the work of its originator, A. Jean Ayers PhD, OTR. [1] Drawing on motor control theories, Ayres proposed these hypotheses that underscored her treatment approaches: Perceptual awareness supports and facilitates occupational engagement. Motor learning is influenced by, if not dependent upon, incoming sensation. […]

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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

PNF techniques were developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenney, an Australian nurse for people with polio, Dr. Herman Kabat, neurophysiologist and physician, Maggie Knott, PT, and Dorothy Voss. The techniques are designed to help develop muscular strength and endurance, joint stability, mobility, neuromuscular control and coordination–all of which are aimed at improving the overall functional ability […]

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Science of TheraTogs: Neural Plasticity, Cortical Mapping & Massed Practice

The central nervous system continually adapts to repeated experiences by creating neural connections and tracts. This process is fundamental to sensorimotor development, [1] to the acquisition of skills in maintaining balance and completing tasks, and to rehabilitation efforts.[2] Developing infants learn to learn by engaging in immense and varied repetition – i.e. practice – of […]

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Science of TheraTogs: Physiologic Adaptation

The capacity of growing bone, muscle, ligament, connective tissue, and all other soft tissues to adapt to use history is well known, while the physiologic mechanisms that operate to effect the adaptations remain under investigation. Scientists are using new imaging technologies to observe tissue microstructure and to appreciate changes under various conditions or use. [1,2] […]

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Mechanisms of Action

TheraTogs™ orthotic systems are comprised of elasticized undergarments and a selection of straps that can be applied to the body and limbs to help to carry on the effects of a successful therapy session into daily life. The primary premise for deciding whether TheraTogs systems are appropriate for any client is this: If the clinician […]

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Ataxic CP

Ataxia is defined as an inability to generate a normal or expected voluntary movement trajectory through space that reveals coordinated, functional precision. The ataxic deficit in movement precision is not attributed to weakness or to involuntary muscle activity.[1] How can TheraTogs contribute to the management of children with ataxic CP? TheraTogs systems are perfectly suited […]

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