TheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System

 

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The TheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System was originally designed for children with complex neuromotor disorders.

Part Number: E03876
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Lead Time is 1 week

Product Literature:
Parts List.pdf

Need your TheraTogs by a specific date?  Contact customer service at 877-664-4565 and we can prepare a quote with expedited shipping to ensure you receive it in the time frame needed.

TheraTogs warranty applies to products within the United States only.
 
What is the warranty on TheraTogs?
We guarantee that TheraTogs components will keep their shape and documented function for a minimum of six months from first date of use. If any part or component fails these standards, we will replace it free of charge.
 
How do I select the correct TheraTogs based on the users indication or diagnosis?
TheraTogs are highly adaptable and the list of applications is long. Click here for general guidelines to know if TheraTogs are right for you.

What do TheraTogs do, exactly? 
A properly fitted TheraTogs system gives the wearer a comfortable, breathable, Latex-free “second skin” on his/her torso and selected limb segments, providing vertical stiffness to reinforce the wearer’s stability, and horizontal stretch for mild compression and a comfortable fit. TheraTogs are designed to be worn as undergarments, with garment components worn next to the skin.
  • For clients with neuromotor, balance, and posture issues: TheraTogs garments serve as a Velcro-sensitive field for attaching elastic strapping that assists underlying muscles - in virtually any configuration - to provide LIVE-IN postural improvement, better balance, or more precise movements.
  • For clients with sensory processing issues: TheraTogs garments provide a “wearable hug” of gentle compression across the upper and lower trunk – giving significant and consistent proprioceptive and deep pressure input that calms behaviors, improves focus, and enables increased function.

One of the key benefits of TheraTogs is carry-over between therapy sessions. The clinical practitioner can send his or her clients home from a successful therapy session with a TheraTogs system that continues to deliver gains made in postural alignment, muscle function, or sensory processing. A TheraTogs strapping system can replicate almost any successful, gentle, manual correction that the clinician can attain in a wearer’s posture, balance, or limb motion.

NOTE: Rather than receive only 1 to 3 hours of therapy per week, the typical TheraTogs client receives up to 16 hours of wearable therapy every day.

When I size my client for the TheraTogs system, he fits in a different size tank top and hipster which comes in a standard set.
Not a problem. If your client is a different size for the tank top and the hipster, Mixed Kits are available.  We can substitute tank tops and hipsters from different sets to best fit your client. Choose the larger size of the two systems when purchasing and simply indicate the item that needs to be in the smaller size (tank top or hipster).  For assistance call customer service at 877-664-4565.
 
How do TheraTogs work?
TheraTogs embody several principles inherent in the sciences of kinesiology, biomechanics, skeletal modeling, and motor learning. They work by:
  • Increasing sensory input to the skin and underlying muscles and joints to facilitate the functional activation of those muscles.
  • Training the wearer to use more efficient and kinesiologically appropriate muscle recruitment strategies for balance and function – and solidifying those gains with live-in practice and day-long functional repetitions.
  • Applying prolonged, gentle forces with full-time TheraTogs use to change the physiology of muscle and connective tissue – and bone and joint geometry for infants and young children – in favor of more efficient function.
  • Applying consistent, gentle compression and proprioceptive input.

Using any combination of tension-generating force vectors and magnitudes, TheraTogs straps shorten and assist weak, underused muscles, reducing postural convexities and realigning functioning limbs and joints.
The complete system is typically introduced in small stages over time, allowing the wearer to adjust to the new demands of each strap, and allowing caregivers to learn to apply the system correctly in stages.

The wearer gains the experience – and the training potential – of prolonged therapeutic “handling” throughout the day, every day, as she or he undertakes routine activities using TheraTogs-induced improvements in posture and joint alignment, and while recruiting muscles at more normal lengths. (This is what we mean when we say you can “send your hands home” with your patients.)
 
NOTE: Clinicians applying TheraTogs for neuromotor issues should undertake a full musculoskeletal assessment of the potential wearer – ages 3 years and older - prior to designing a TheraTogs strapping system, in order to identify problems of skeletal geometry versus muscle imbalance or joint laxity, and to exercise proper caution and restraint in seeking correction of pathomechanical function – particularly in the transverse plane (i.e. rotation).
 
How do I know if TheraTogs can help my client?
TheraTogs are so adaptable – it would be challenging to list all their potential applications and uses, but here are a few guidelines:

If your client presents any of these indications, TheraTogs has been shown to be effective in addressing their related stability, alignment, and movement control issues:

Ataxia Attention deficit disorders Hemiplegia
Hypotonia Intoed gait Muscle recruitment problems
Postural mal-alignment Out-toed gait Sensory integration/processing issues
Athetosis Flexible joint deviations Pain due to muscle imbalances
Mild weakness  Diplegia in childhood Joint laxity
  • In general, if the therapist/practitioner can effect a change in the client's stability, alignment, mobility, sensory processing or motor control through unforced handling during a therapy session, it's likely that this change can be replicated and supported outside the session by a properly configured TheraTogs strapping system.
  • If you feel you’re “running out of hands” and could use a few more to effectively manage your client’s problems related to positioning (in a wheelchair or on other devices), or to improve client handling during therapeutic exercise sessions, you’ll generally find them in TheraTogs.
  • If you have a client who benefits from deep pressure or proprioceptive input, the TheraTogs TankTop and Hipster (available as the SPD/SI system) can provide this input in a comfortable, non-intrusive way, under the client’s clothes.

NOTE: We recommend that clinicians obtain a Clinical Sizing Kit so that they can explore potential TheraTogs solutions for their clients by trying them on over clothing, and experimenting with donning and strapping applications. This is also an excellent way to improve compliance at home.

What kinds of benefits can TheraTogs provide?         
The possibilities of using TheraTogs are virtually limitless. Here are a few examples of common applications:
Ataxia
TheraTogs garments — alone or with straps — use vertical compression through the trunk and lateral compression through the hip joints to improve balance and reduce staggering gait by increasing proprioceptive input and reducing load-bearing joint deviations.
 
Sensory Processing Disorder / Autism Spectrum
TheraTogs garments — alone or with straps — extend consistent external compression through the trunk and hips to provide calming proprioceptive input and/or deep pressure to help the client regain body awareness/control, attention, coordination, breath volume and control, and/or balance.
 
Kyphosis / Lordosis
Upper Extremity (UE) strapping applications can straighten the upper spine and bring the shoulders back to address flexible kyphosis. This application often requires counter support with crossed straps over the abdominals.
(UE) strapping applications can also help the abdominals to flex the lower spine, and to extend the hips to address flexible lumbar lordosis.
 
Shoulder / Upper Extremity Mal-Alignment
  • UE strapping applications can realign the shoulder on the trunk, correct rotation of the arm at the shoulder, or supinate a pronated forearm to address upper extremity “posturing."
  • TheraTogs can provide functional alignment for clients with scapular, shoulder girdle, and humeral mal-alignments (e.g. subluxation); for clients with brachial plexus injury and hemiplegia; and for clients with scapula-humeral ROM deficits, shoulder pain, and post-fracture or post-surgical weakness or discomfort. 
  • UE strapping applications can address elbow flexion/extension deviations or forearm pronation/supination deviations. 
  • Wrist and thumb systems can realign functional thumb/wrist deviations; reduce MCP joint hyperextensions; reduce wrist instability – all with adjustable dynamic splinting that supports continual movement and strengthening.

Gait Deviations

  • Lower Extremity (LE) strapping applications can gently rotate the thigh as needed to improve knee joint alignment and function, and to improve the recruitment of muscles that cross the hip joint in swing phase.
  • LE strapping applications can gently rotate the leg unit as needed to improve foot alignment and function.
  • LE strapping applications can reduce hip adduction and keep the legs apart to correct scissoring gait.
  • LE strapping applications can reduce trunk, hip, and knee flexion – while appropriate ankle-foot orthoses (AFO’s) resist forward tilt of the legs at the ankles.

Foot / Ankle Mal-Alignment and Malfunction
TheraTogs Dorsiflexion Assist (DFA) systems can provide functional positioning to correct functional ankle equines, plantar fasciitis, drop foot, flexible foot supination or pronation in the swing phase of gait.

How do I know what size to order?    
TheraTogs are sized to fit most wearers within a specific weight range (they're also gender-specific in the larger sizes). Unless your wearer is extremely tall or short for his/her weight, you should be able to order a TheraTogs system chosen by weight, and trim it into a comfortable fit. The client’s shoulder-to-ASIS and ASIS-to-knee measurement will also help ensure a proper fit. For additional information on sizing please view the TheraTogs Product selection guide.
 
How do I learn how to use TheraTogs? What information do I get?
Currently, the Full Body, Lower Extremity, and PTA systems include a TheraTogs Donning & Strapping Applications DVD, which details the various parts and pieces of your TheraTogs set, demonstrates the initial fitting process, and shows you several common strapping applications for specific wearer needs.
 
All TheraTogs systems include a comprehensive, illustrated booklet detailing appropriate indications for use and step-by-step donning and fitting instructions.
 
How do I know if the TheraTogs are fitted correctly?
Your wearer should be comfortable without feeling constriction, itching, or circulatory impairment. The garments should be snug against the skin, with no significant gaps, folds, or loose material. We advocate marking and trimming off excess fabric. Well-fit garments are snug enough that they effectively grip the wearer’s skin, without slipping, and so that any applied strapping moves the underlying body segments.
 
My client is at the low end of the weight range for their size. How do I trim the TheraTogs to fit snugly?     
Mark and trim the garments to fit as described above. Leave approximately 3” of overlap on the shoulders and roughly 4” of overlap on the waist, ribs, and thigh closure flaps, to allow for growth in girth. By the way, we have found that almost all wearers fit effectively into one of the standard sizes; we can also package mixed sizes upon request. It’s very unusual for a client to truly need a custom TheraTogs system.
 
Is a medical prescription required for purchasing TheraTogs? 
TheraTogs and related strapping systems are intended to be designed and fitted by a licensed and appropriately-trained healthcare practitioner – in most cases, a physical or occupational therapist. However, no formal prescription is required unless the client expects to submit a reimbursement claim to any private, federal or state reimbursement program – which typically require such prescriptions.
 
Are there reimbursement codes for TheraTogs?  
Many state Medicaid programs, and an increasing number of private payors, are accepting reimbursement claims for TheraTogs based on either miscellaneous or product-specific orthotics codes (the “L” code series of the HCPCS system). TheraTogs systems do not (as yet) have specific codes assigned by the appropriate federal agency, although our applications and qualifying efforts are ongoing.
 
We have created several resources to help clinicians and patients prepare and support reimbursement claims:
  • The TheraTogs Reimbursement Guide is a complete manual on reimbursement issues, practices, and reimbursement specifics for each TheraTogs system.
  • Product Reimbursement Guidelines contain suggested codes, sample letters of medical necessity (LMN) and other information specific to reimbursement for each TheraTogs system.
  • TheraTogs Reimbursement Tracker is a listing of known claims results, sorted by state, that may help you determine if reimbursement from your client’s potential payor has been successful.
  • These resources are available by request, are included in the TheraTogs Product Guide binder available to healthcare and provider facilities.

Can TheraTogs be worn all day, or is there a time limit for wearing?   
There is no generic or standard wearing schedule. We advise that you begin with a week of just wearing the garments, which can ultimately be worn all day – i.e. gradually up 12 to 16 hours - in most cases. Infants and children younger than age 3 years seem to adjust readily. If the wearer is particularly weak, it can take up to 2 weeks of gradually increasing wear time to get up to comfortable all-day wear.

At signs of discomfort, check for:

  • Constriction – loosen the fit if necessary
  • Excess perspiration – remove the TheraTogs to cool the client down, cut small holes in the garments to add ventilation, or add a CoolMax® Torso Body Sock or an UnderArmour® garment under the TheraTogs
  • Client fatigue – loosen the shoulder closures.
When you start to use the training straps, you'll be tempted to correct everything at once, but be careful -- you can overload your client with changes and fatigue. Remember that a client using TheraTogs garments and a strapping system immediately starts using new groups of muscles in new ways, which is likely to tire him/her out more quickly at first – until he/she gets stronger in the new alignment.
 
The longer the client’s pathokinesiologic patterns have persisted, the more likely that fatigue will be a factor. We suggest that you start applying 1 or 2 TheraTogs straps at home on evenings and weekends; release one end of the strap(s) to remove the tension when he/she is tired, and double the wear time every 2 days or so. Remember that the wearer's comfort comes first. Be patient with incremental gains, and build on them.
 
Is there any research available on TheraTogs use?  
Yes – in addition to the research published on the various biomechanical and sensory integration principles that form the foundation of TheraTogs applications, there have been several small studies published on TheraTogs themselves – with several more projects in the works.
 
Three independent studies demonstrating preliminary data for gait changes and improvements in children with CP have been completed and presented as posters by three facilities; Ohio University, Shriners Hospital in Chicago and Maryville University. Currently, there are multiple projects studying the effectiveness of TheraTogs in children with CP, children with Ataxia, and adults with Parkinson’s and adults post-stroke in progress.
  • Fenneman, P, Ries, JD.  (2010) Effects of TheraTogs on the Postural Stability and Motor Control of a 7-year-old Girl with Down Syndrome and Severe Motor Delays. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February 2010.
  • Maguire C, Sieben J, Frank M, Romkes J. (2009) Hip abductor control in walking following stroke – the effect of canes, taping and TheraTogs on recovery of muscle activity. Clinical Rehabilitation, Online First edition; 10.1177/0269215509342335 (Nov 2009).
  • Flanagan A, Krzalz J, Peer M, Johnson P, Urban M. (2009) Evaluation of Short-Term Intensive Orthotic Garment Use in Children Who Have Cerebral Palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2009;21:201-204.
  • Rojas A., Weiss M., Elbaum L. (2008) The Effect of TheraTogs on the Gait of a Child with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Study. Florida International University Department of Physical Therapy, Miami FL. Poster presented at FIU Honors College Annual Research Conference, April 2008.
  • Engelmeyer, Kelly SPT, et al. (2007) The Effect of TheraTogs on Gait in a 5-Year-Old with Spastic Hemiplegia. School of Physical Therapy, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February 2007.
  • Siracusa C, Taynor M, Geletka B, Overby A. (2005) Effectiveness of a biomechanical intervention in children with spastic diplegia. Pediatric Physical Therapy 17(1): 83-84.
    Detailed Abstract, Pediatric Physical Therapy (PDF) Poster Presentation.
Are TheraTogs functionally similar to the “suit therapy” systems?
In the principle of applying vertical compression and some resistance or assistance to selected movements, they resemble each other. However, the implementation regimen, the design, and the cost differ markedly comparing the Europeds and the Adeli suits to TheraTogs. TheraTogs are commonly prescribed for use following a course of Suit Therapy. To draw your own comparisons, go to www.europeds.org.
 
How should I care for my TheraTogs?   
Detailed care instructions are provided with all TheraTogs systems and should be reviewed with the client/caregiver before initiating product use. Overall, garment pieces and foam lined straps should be rinsed or hand washed with a mild, fragrance-free detergent. Rinsing is critical to eliminate any detergent that might cause skin irritation or decomposing of the foam backing. DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY ANY FOAM-LINED COMPONENTS!
 
Our TogRite strapping – with the wiggly grip lines on the back – is machine washable. Air-dry this also.
 
How long will TheraTogs last?  
Garment wearing and washing patterns will vary dramatically among users. Daily wear against the skin can be hard on any fabric. While the foam is rather delicate, the outer fabric is very durable. If blemishes like scrapes and cuts into the foam occur, garments will continue to perform. When the fabric starts to lose its grip on the skin, you may consider replacing specific garment pieces. If you notice any signs of decomposition or believe your garment has a manufacturing defect (foam peeling off down to the outer fabric, for example) within 6 months of daily use and careful laundering, please contact a TheraTogs product specialist right away for a replacement: 877-664-4565 or sales@especialneeds.com.
 
Can I order replacement or additional parts?    
You certainly can! After purchasing a System, you may replace any of the components as needed without buying another system. Contact us at sales@especialneeds.com or by phone at 877-664-4565 for a price quote.

The TheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System was originally designed for children with complex neuromotor disorders. The first TheraTogs model developed and released, it was targeted at the client population with the most need and the most to gain: young, ambulatory children with functional alignment and mobility issues incedent to cerebral palsy and other CNS dysfunction.

The Full Body System is now available in a full range of sizes, and is the modality of choice to address a variety of neuromotor, postural, mobility, and balance issues.

Like all TheraTogs ULTRA systems, the Full Body model wraps the torso and lower extremities in a Velcro-sensitive "strapping field" that allows the clinician to attach straps that can improve postural alignment and stability, and that can address the greatest variety of functional alignment and movement issues in the extremities proximal to the wrists and ankles.

The TheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System is now available in a full range of sizes, and is the modality of choice to address a variety of neuromotor, postural, mobility, and balance issues.

The System wraps the torso and lower extremities in a Velcro-sensitive "strapping field" that allows the clinician to attach straps that can improve postural alignment and stability, and that can address the greatest variety of functional alignment and movement issues in the extremities proximal to the wrists and ankles.

TheraTogs provide a foam-lined, Latex'-free, breathable, comfortable, Velcro'-sensitive "external skin" for clinicians engaged in sensorimotor training of clients with developmental disabilities and selected orthopedic malalignments, and for clients in rehabilitation following brain injury, stroke, orthopedic surgery, or neurosurgery.

TheraTogs are made of a patented, hand-washable composite fabric consisting of nylon and spandex, with a foam backing made of an aqueous-based elastomeric urethane.

TheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System Contents:

  • A sleeveless TankTop split into front and back segments for easy donning in standing, sitting, or supine positions.
  • A Hipster (Pediatric sizes include a second Hipster for use when the first one is soiled.)
  • Extremity cuffs in two sizes.
  • An assortment of elasticized straps of different shapes and stiffness.
  • Extra hook tabs.
  • Double-Gripper hook-with-loop material; use this material to make replacement tabs that serve as attachment sites.
  • Position marking dots.
  • A how-to DVD and illustrated instructions for donning, fitting, and strapping applications.

The amount of tank tops and hipsters per size:

  • Infant - 2 front tans tops, 1 back tank top, and 2 hipsters
  • Preschool - 2 front tans tops, 1 back tank top, and 2 hipsters
  • Pediatric - 1 front tans tops, 1 back tank top, and 2 hipsters
  • All Adult Sizes - 1 front tans tops, 1 back tank top, and 1 hipsters
If your client has... The PTA can provide...
Flexible kyphosis or (mild) scoliosis Improve posture and respiratory capacity
Flexible lordosis / excess pelvic tilt Improved posture
Difficulty maintaining midline trunk and sitting balance; weak trunk muscles Reduced deviations between thorax and pelvis; increased sensory awareness
Scissoring in stance or gait Increase base of support, assist hip abductors
Balance problems due to hip muscle weakness Assist hip stabilizing musculature
Problems with proximal limb joint control, including elbow and knee Reduce functional degrees of freedom; assist muscles lacking adequate recruitment
Intoed or out-toed gait; windblown gait, accompanied by issues of torso alignment or control With caution regarding underlying bone geometry and joint position, reduce these gait deviations
Recovery following orthopedic surgery at the spine, hip, or femur Improve stability and comfort, while strapping to support surgical goals
New GoldTone fabric was developed during three years of R&D and field trials to meet the performance demands of TheraTogs systems. GoldTone is scientifically engineered for the demands of biomechanical retraining, and manufactured using a patented fabric finishing process.

 

The patient outcomes from this enhanced support are clear:
  • Gentle corrective change for patients with hypotonia, without requiring additional strapping for spinal extension or support.
  • Increased vocalization and improved breathing in children with hypotonia - thanks to improved posture.
  • Comfortable, consistent support through the trunk and hips for children who require constant proprioceptive feedback.
  • Clinicians and clients who are familiar with blue TheraTogs may find that GoldTone's superior strength requires less strapping to achieve desired benefits.
  • GoldTone is not available anywhere else in the neuromotor or orthotic markets and cannot be used on other products. It was formulated and created under our direction, especially for TheraTogs systems, using a patented fabric finishing process.
Advanced Properties Include:
  • GoldTone is a superior knitted material that has stretch, tension and rebound properties specifically formulated for the demands of biomechanical retraining. GoldTone is manufactured with a patented fabric finishing process, and used only for TheraTogs Ultra Systems.
  • Unlike other stretch materials, GoldTone grips the wearer's skin and soft tissue with a unique, comfortable foam layer. This allows TheraTogs Ultra systems to reposition and retrain the neuromotor system without uncomfortable compression or hard bracing.
  • TheraTogs ULTRA components will maintain biomechanical corrections firmly for over nine hours of daily wear, and rebound to their original size overnight.
  • GoldTone is a subtle golden tan in color, making it less noticeable under clothing and cooler to wear. The Velcro hook used for garment and strapping tabs is custom-matched to the lustrous GoldTone fabric surface, and can handle repeated application and removal of tabs.

Result: TheraTogs Ultra Systems made with GoldTone offer clients the 'best of all worlds' with day-long dynamic correction, superior durability, and foam-lined comfort.

TheraTogs ULTRA: Changing the Practice of Rehab
  • Empowers clinicians to grip and position the patient in dynamic, multi-dimensional functional alignment
  • Allows the patient to WEAR their THERAPY all day long - and learn from repetition
  • Learning occurs in proper alignment - Practice Makes Permanent
  • Adapt the system "on-the-fly" as the client improves
TheraTogs ULTRA Systems made with GoldTone offer clients the 'best of all worlds' with day-long dynamic correction, superior durability, and foam-lined comfort.
Do not use THERATOGS if your client has, or suspects, the presence of tachycardia. Any restrictive clothing around the chest or torso of a client with tachycardia or other cardiac arrhythmia can potentially cause serious adverse effects. THERATOGS™ are not flame-retardant and are not intended to be worn while sleeping unless stated otherwise.
 
TheraTogs products are Class I medical devices registered with the FDA and are designed to be customized by a medical professional for each client’s specific needs and therapeutic goals. The products may only be used under the supervision of a certified clinical professional who provides physical rehabilitation services -- such as (but not limited to) physicians, physiatrists, physical or occupational therapists, or chiropractors.
Theratogs SizingTheraTogs ULTRA Full Body System Sizing:
 
Please refer to both the client's weight and measurements when determing the proper size.  If your client is a different size for the tank top and the hipster, Mixed Kits are available.  We can substitute tank tops and hipsters from different sets to best fit your client. Choose the larger size of the two systems when purchasing and simply indicate the item that needs to be in the smaller size (tank top or hipster).  For assistance call customer service at 877-664-4565.  
 
Size
Weight Range
Max Shoulder-to-Hip
Max Hip-to-Knee
Infant
15 - 25 lbs.
10.5"
9.75"
Preschool
24 - 45 lbs.
13.5"
11.75"
Pediatric
45 - 65 lbs.
15"
18.5"
Adult Small
65 - 110 lbs.
17.5"
20.75"
Female Medium
110 - 170 lbs.
20.5"
23.75"
Female Large
170 - 200 lbs.
22.75"
26.25"
Male Medium
110 - 170 lbs.
19.25"
23.75"
Male Large
170 - 190 lbs.
22.5"
26.25"
Male X-Large
190 - 240 lbs.
23.75"
26.25"
 
TheraTogs products are Class I medical devices registered with the FDA and are designed to be customized by a medical professional for each client’s specific needs and therapeutic goals. The products may only be used under the supervision of a certified clinical professional who provides physical rehabilitation services -- such as (but not limited to) physicians, physiatrists, physical or occupational therapists, or chiropractors.
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