1. As a system of
pulleys, straps and splints are utilized to perform a variety of exercises.
A major goal is to improve strength, AROM (active range of motion) and
muscle flexibility. By eliminating the gravitational forces, even the
patient with the muscle strength graded 1 or 2 out of 5 can initiate the
movement. This is the entire core of the UEU. If the patient can perform
even a minimum movement with the active assistance of the therapist then he
can progress to active resistive exercises.It is quite amazing to see the
rapid progress. The weights used in the Unit are graded every 1/2 lb or 1lb,
which allows the therapist to obtain measurable data and prove the gains.
UEU and the types of exercises performed in it target the muscle that lack
strength, range of motion, and flexibility. Through the system of pulleys
and straps, the therapist can isolate any muscle group and target it. In
this situation the muscle tone (usually increased) does not influence the
movement. This allows muscle groups to counteract the spastic muscle. The
effects of this type of exercise are reflected in functional gains. Quality
of gait, balance and coordination of movements increases rapidly.
Goal of the exercises:
1. To counteract (prevent) muscle atrophies
2. To increase muscle strength
3. To increase active and passive range of motion
4. To improve muscle flexibility
5. To prevent joint contractures
2. The other way the UEU can be utilized is called "Spider cage". The name was created by children who wore the belt with attachments of 8-10 bungee cords. The patient is suspended in the middle of the cage with unique support received through the elastic cords. This type of support is extremely dynamic and provides just the right amount of support needed. This allows the patient to perform any movement or functional skill virtually "independent". The type of exercises performed in full or partial weight bearing allows the patient to develop a sense of security. They also facilitate the development and mastering of functional skills (sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, jumping etc.). In this unique suspension, the patient practices different activities that help improve sensory integration. You can notice tremendous gains in balance, coordination and function. Universal Exercise Unit is well known and successfully used all over Europe. It is time to introduce this treatment device in the U.S.
The UEU is a universal and easy to use exercise device that can be utilized virtually by everyone. It is a durable, time and cost effective piece of equipment that helps to exercise patients with many different diagnoses. The UEU is also and extremely safe device to use.
Universal Exercise Unit is unique and a universal device that may allows one to:
Increase range of motion (active and passive range of motion))
Isolate desired (weakened)
muscle or muscle groups and
strengthen them to enable function
Eliminate gravitational forces
acting on the body to facilitate
weak muscle groups and active movement
Obtain measurable gains in muscle strength and flexibility
Focus on a particular functional skill
Promote developmental milestones
Facilitate upright position in any position
Partial or full weight bearing
Very early postoperative rehabilitation
Promotes motor learning and motor planning
Provides a variety of sensory-integration techniques
Helps one to develop a sense of security and success
"unload" the exercised joints
(joint distraction or compression)
Promotes independence and overall
physical image -"self confidence"
Universal Exercise Unit Accessories (set)
|Support rope #1 64"||8|
|Support rope #2 38.5"||6|
|Support rope #3 150"||3|
|Pulley system #1 98"||1|
|Pulley system #2 228"||1|
|Suspension - forearms, legs||4|
|Suspension - arms, thighs||4|
|Suspension - hip||2|
|Suspension - trunk||1|
|Suspension - head||1|
|Suspension - feet||4|
|Two joint suspension||4|
|Weights 1 - 8 lbs||11|
Not all of the elements are shown.
TheraSuit is intendent to facilitate rehabilitation of children with neurological disorders which result in decreased range of motion, muscle weakness, difficulties with movement against gravity, maintaining posture and other motor activities impairements.
Universal Exercise Unit - Belts
1. Length (44 cm) 17.6"