Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 10, 2005
The only clinic of its kind in the United States and the world gives Cerebral Palsy patients the ability to walk for the first time ever.
Children with Cerebral Palsy and their parents now have the opportunity to have a dream come true: crawl, walk and stand for the first time. Sunshine Therapy has opened a Suit Therapy clinic, pediatric intensive therapy for children with cerebral palsy, in Miami. The clinic has had greater than 80% success in its patients walking either freely or with a walker as opposed to being confined to a wheelchair.
Sunshine Therapy, which specializes in pediatric rehabilitation techniques, is the brainchild of Patricia Gonzalez, Occupational Therapist. Gonzalez founded the clinic using cutting edge technology to allow children with neuromuscular disorders, the opportunity to receive intensive physical therapy that once was only offered in Poland. Gonzalez received special training directly in Poland and Russia from the inventors of the Adeli suit and Adeli methodology.
Suit Therapy works by having the child put on a suit, which originated in Russia to assist the cosmonauts in their therapies after long missions. The suit is made up of a vest, shorts, knee pads and special shoes attached by using bungee type bands that are used to correctly align the body and provide resistance as movements are performed. The main function of the suit is to improve and change awareness of where the body is in space, reduce pathological reflexes, restore proper patterns of movement and load the body with weight similar to gravitational forces while in correct alignment. The resistance the child gets from the bands brings them into correct alignment and in turn causes the strengthening. While in the suit, the child is put through a series of exercises targeting their developmental needs. They can sit, roll, crawl, tall kneel, walk, and perform sit-ups.
Well-known and respected pediatric orthopedic physician Dr. Michael Tidwell, located at Miami Baptist's Hospital, is the consulting physician for the clinic. Dr. Tidwell oversees all patients undergoing Suit Therapy before, during and after.
ÂI can honestly say that it is a blessing to have this medical breakthrough in South Florida to give the opportunity for children around the world to receive this therapy,Â says Dr. Tidwell. ÂThe results in these children are remarkable.Â
Sunshine TherapyÂs program consists of 20 hours per week (four hours per day, five days a week) for three weeks. During the treatment, the child receives hot packs, massage, daily treatment in the Suit, vigorous mat exercises, and exercises in the Universal Exercise Unit, also known as the Âspider cageÂ. The child will engage in gross motor activities designed to propel the child to the next milestone. Physical, occupational, speech and massage therapy are provided to ensure a well-rounded treatment.
ÂIt is a dream come true for my husband and I to have been blessed with the ability to make this treatment available in the United States,Â says Gonzalez. ÂWe have made an investment which gives us returns that are immeasurable. At Sunshine Therapy, we bring hope to children and teach them never to say never.Â
Sunshine Therapy offers suit therapy, aquatic therapy, hippotherapy, kinesio taping, swimming with dolphins, a nutritional program with Glyconutrients and hyperbaric oxygen therapy making this the only program of its kind in the world.
For more information on the therapy, you can visit http://www.sunshinetherapy.com or call 1-800-901-0947.
" If I'm doing this one my 3rd day imagine what I can do by the 15th!" - Joey, Day 1 began in electric wheelchair by day 3 walked independently with walker 25 feet for the first time in his life"
Joey "C." - Orlando, Florida
Note to Media: Each center is open to press. The therapists, patients and their families are available for interviews in English and Spanish. Before and after video and photos are available for press as well.