Wearable Therapy: TheraTogs™ Systems, Uses, & Scientific Foundations
A 3.5-Day Didactic Program
Facilitator: Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC
Day 1 of this program features an overview of sciences of neuromotor and orthopedic development including established principles of kinesiology and biomechanics, physiologic adaptation of body tissues to routine use, new developments in motor learning, and the role of the somatosensory system in this process. The instructor demonstrates the implementation of the sciences in an introduction to TheraTogs Orthotic Garment and Strapping Systems as a modality for expanding successes in therapy sessions into daily life to optimize functioning alignment and stability, and reviews published research.
Day 2 of this program expands upon the introductory content presented on Day 1 with a discussion of skeletal modeling mechanisms and the achievement of postural control as a foundation for movement acquisition. She explores the nature of muscle tone and the relationship of muscle tone to routine use, both typical and pathologic. The program ends with suggestions for using TheraTogs in early intervention to optimize resting postures and the acquisition of essential ingredients for postural control.
Day 3 of this program applies the content from Days 1 and 2 and delves into functioning alignment issues related to the spine, the ankles, and unequal limb length. After demonstrating the Dragonfly TLSO and the molding and fitting process, the instructor reviews the assessment of ankle dorsiflexion range of motion as an important component of optimizing the support base with orthotics. She brings ankle ROM to discussions of postural control deficits and functioning malalignment as they occur in children with idiopathic toe walking, equinus deformity, hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and scissor gait. The program ends with a discussion of the typical development of the hip joint and femur in the transverse plane with a lab session devoted to distinguishing between femoral anteversion and antetorsion.
Day 4 is a half-day program that applies the content from Days 1-3 and is devoted to the biomechanical and developmental factors inherent in intoed and out-toed gait. Instructor reviews the related – and refined – musculoskeletal assessment procedures of hip rotation ROM, modified Ryder’s Test for femoral torsion, and the Thigh-Foot Angle and applies the findings to the safe use of TheraTogs strapping applications. The didactic program ends with suggestions for further research.
TheraTogs inventor and co-founder Beverly (Billi) Cusick will be stepping back up to the webcam next Wednesday for her first-ever TheraTogs “Ask Me Anything” session dedicated to answering questions from caregivers. The session is open free of charge to all caregivers who are curious, interested, or recommended to use TheraTogs – and to current and past TheraTogs users, as well.
The mission: to help caregivers understand – and effectively use – TheraTogs to support their childrens’ specific therapy goals.
The 45-minute session is offered on Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 to 10:45 AM Mountain (12:00 noon Eastern, 9:00 Pacific). Pre-registration (www.theratogs.com/ama-caregiver) is required.
“To help streamline the proceedings, we encourage caregivers to either submit their questions during signup, or email them before the event,” noted Lee Taylor, TheraTogs CEO. “This will help Billi prepare efficient responses to the most common questions, so we can cover the widest range of topics that time permits.”
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event. TheraTogs will record and offer playback of this initial session, and will schedule additional events as demand requires.
(Note: the Q&A session will be conducted in English.)
TheraTogs inventor and co-founder Beverly (Billi) Cusick will be stepping up to the webcam June 4th for another live “Ask Me Anything” session on TheraTogs.
The session is sponsored and hosted by FisioVital, the exclusive TheraTogs distributor in Brazil – and broadcast live on Instagram!
The 60-minute session is offered on June 4th:
7:00 – 8:00 pm BRT / 4:00 to 5:00 pm US Mountain (6:00 PM Eastern, 3:00 PM Pacific). Questions and answers will be in English, with real-time Portuguese translation by Fisiovital’s founder and Commercial Director, Juliana Galindo.
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com prior to the event.
LIVE WEBINAR: A Review of Operating Processes with Implications for Management
TheraTogs inventor Beverly Cusick, PT MS NDT COF brings her foundational 2-day Developmental Orthopedics course to the webinar format!
Offered in partnership with Footprints Physical Therapy, this LIVE webinar will deepen your knowledge of developmental norms, influences, and biomechanics – complete with video examples, a hefty handout, and copious references. Download the brochure for more information, or register via the link above.
Calling all orthotists! TheraTogs inventor Beverly Cusick will be presenting a live, in-person 90-minute presentation as part of the AOPA National Assembly 2021 national conference.
Clinical practitioners commonly use the term “muscle tone” to describe different conditions and use various methods to attempt to quantify it. In the didactic portion of this program, the facilitator clarifies the currently accepted definition of human resting lower limb muscle tone in terms of the length-tension relationship with particular attention to the hamstring and triceps surae muscles. She relates movement strategies to the development of typical ankle function and equinus deformity, and reviews clinical assessment procedures for hamstrings length and ankle dorsiflexion (DF) range of motion (ROM) in detail with video recorded demonstrations. She introduces the DF end range at R1A in the hypertonic triceps surae muscle group and explains its relevance in standing and walking. She brings the assessment findings to a discussion of implications for setting the ankle angle in an AFO and for detecting and reporting orthotic management outcomes.
Brain and Spine Physiotherapy Clinic-Children Services, Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Taught by TheraTogs inventor Beverly (Billi) Cusick, this program features an overview of somatosensory function and development, the role of postural control in movement acquisition and physiologic adaptation, skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences, and ideal and pathomechanical features of orthopedic development of the trunk and lower extremity.
14.0 contact hours
Optional: Day 3 Hands-On Lab
Course Description • Full Course Details
Developmental Orthopedics – Assessment Skills Lab Session
Lab participants will execute 14 musculoskeletal assessments on each other under supervision by TheraTogs inventor Beverly (Billi) Cusick. These participants will complete the program by participating in a live case presentation in which they will be asked at random to execute an assessment procedure.
Prerequisites. This lab program is open only to clinicians who have completed the one-day or two-day versions of the seminar program entitled: Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity.
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. After 15 are registered, additional interested attendees may place themselves on a wait list. Enrollment status is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is an intermediate-level course; prerequisite training is required as noted above, and pre-course review materials are issued.
Dress for Lab. Lab enrollees should come dressed to undergo LE assessments requiring skin marking and palpation of the greater trochanter and fibula head.
For more information. View a more complete description of the course here.