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Top 5 Adaptive Equipment for Cerebral Palsy

Top 5 Adaptive Equipment for Cerebral Palsy
HPFY Staff Writer

Hearing a diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be devastating and the thought of what lies ahead can seem daunting at best.  

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects motor skills, posture, and even muscle tone and affects early childhood years causing children to miss developmental milestones. According to www.cerebralpalsy.org, the main effects and symptoms of CP are as follows: 

Cerebral palsy may require lifelong intervention with specially trained medical professionals such as physiatrists, neurologists, and physical and occupational therapists. The Mayo Clinic identifies treatments for cerebral palsy that include: 

  • Physical therapy: Muscle training and exercises to increase a child’s strength, flexibility, balance, and motor development. 
  • Occupational therapy: To help gain independence in daily activities and routines at home and school as well as in the community. 
  • Speech therapy: Speech pathologists help improve a child’s ability to speak or communicate with sign language. Speech therapy also helps with difficulties in eating and swallowing. 
  • Recreational therapy: Regular or adaptive recreational competitive sports can help improve motor skills and emotional well-being by promoting social activity and fun. 

Cerebral Palsy can vary from patient to patient and affect each one differently. This means that finding the right tools to combat CP can be challenging since there is no cookie-cutter way to treat this disease. With such uncertainty, how do you find the right adaptive equipment for your cerebral palsy needs? 

5 Adaptive Equipment for Cerebral Palsy 

It is probably an understatement to say that living with cerebral palsy can be difficult. But, with the right adaptive equipment, the challenges of helping a child develop to their fullest ability can be made a bit easier in a clinical setting or at home. While there are many choices, we have put together a list of the top 5 adaptive equipment for cerebral palsy: 

  1. Vive Folding Pedal Exerciser: This lightweight, portable exerciser is designed to improve strength and mobility in both legs and arms. It also helps to develop larger muscles affected by cerebral palsy, which improves gross motor skills for standing, walking, and arm movement. Time, speed, and calories burned are displayed on an LCD screen and the rubber feet keep the unit in place for safe and sturdy therapy. 
  2. TheraBand Inflatable Pro Series SCP Exercise Balls: Core muscle strengthening can be a key therapy when dealing with cerebral palsy. These high-quality inflatable exercise balls can help improve body posture, strength, and balance. They can also be used to improve flexibility and range of motion in the back, core, arms, and legs. 
 
  1. CanDo TheraPutty Exercise Putty: Each color-coded exercise putty in this set features a different consistency from xx-soft to extra-firm for strengthening grip to improve improving fine motor skills. They can be squeezed, pinched, twisted, and stretched to improve the strength of hand muscles. They also reduce stress and are a great tool for cerebral palsy therapy sessions at home or in a clinical setting. 
  2. Body Sport Fitness Performance Tubes: Resistance training can be used during cerebral palsy therapy to improve muscle strength and coordination. These fitness tubes are designed to provide smooth, comfortable, and consistent stretching and resistance. They feature color-coded progressive resistance levels to increase resistance as so as muscle strength increases. This can benefit cerebral palsy patients by increasing muscle tone and strength with improved posture and coordination. 
  3. ProStretch Leg Stretching Device: Cerebral palsy can limit flexibility and this stretching device helps improve flexibility and range of motion throughout the leg. This can include the hamstring, Achilles tendon, and calf to improve lower body flexibility and stability. Any improvement in lower body flexibility can help maintain mobility for cerebral palsy patients. 
 

Living with cerebral palsy can be very challenging. Fortunately, with the right adaptive equipment and a well-thought plan of action can make a huge difference for a CP patient. View our entire line of adaptive equipment and aids for daily living on HPFY.

 

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