Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The Brain Injury Association of America has estimated that in the US alone, there are approximately 1.5 million people who sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Many people with TBI show evidence of cerebellar ataxia.

How can TheraTogs contribute to rehabilitation of a person with sensorimotor impairment after a TBI?

TheraTogs were designed to enhance body awareness with compression, to grant the attending therapist the gift of extra “hands” to use during treatment sessions, and to sustain the customized , unforced postural corrections that the therapist can effect during a session. TheraTogs and selected strapping applications can be used in early rehabilitation to help to stabilize and align the torso and hips in sitting and standing positions and while walking. As Maguire et al )2009) showed, with adults post stroke, this approach can facilitate the recruitment of underused muscles. [1]

TheraTogs provide the wearer with the opportunity to live and learn improved functioning postural and joint alignment through massed practice.

Learn more about the sciences and treatment approaches that are implemented in TheraTogs systems used with people with TBI:

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Therapy Approaches Supported by TheraTogs:

TBI_ExampleApplicable TheraTogs Systems

These TheraTogs products support therapy goals for children with hypotonia:

About TBI with Resulting Sensorimotor Dysfunction

One of the frequently reported outcomes after TBI is an increase postural instability. A diffuse brain injury can affect many parts of the brain, including the sensory processing region and the cerebellum.  Loss of muscle strength is rapid during the acute phase of recovery. Postural control and sensorimotor processing – critical for the maintaining a stable gait – are often impaired.

TBI symptoms generally fall into one or more of the three following categories, and can include:

  • Physical: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, sleep disturbance, weakness, paresis/plegia, sensory loss, spasticity, aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, apraxia, balance disorders, disorders of coordination, or seizure disorder.
  • Cognitive: problems with attention, concentration, memory, speed of processing, new learning, planning, reasoning, judgment, executive control, self-awareness, language, or abstract thinking.
  • Behavioral/emotional: depression, anxiety, agitation, irritability, impulsivity, or aggression.

Read more at Brain Injury Association of America: www.biausa.org.

References

  1. Maguire C et al. BMC Neurology 2012, 12:18 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2377/12/18