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    SPIO Vests

    SKU# 15-Apr

    The SPIO (Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis) Vest is ideal for children with poor core muscle activation, stabilization or weakness. Ships in 1 week.



    The SPIO Vest is ideal for children with poor core muscle activation, stabilization or weakness. Children with the diagnosis of severe axial hypotonia, athetoid quadriplegia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy or Benign Anterior Horn Cell Disease may benefit from the use of the SPIO vest. SPIO is a highly flexible bracing system made from a specialized multi-directional stretch. The Lycra-like blend of material has excellent rebound and memory so that it returns to its original shape.
    It is machine washable in mild detergent and can be hung to dry overnight. SPIO’s patented compression ratios provide a multi-directional and steady stretch tension directly to the skin and indirectly to the internal soft tissue structures. This precise compression around and toward the midline of the body provides accurate and usable deep pressure sensory information to the child’s proprioceptive feedback system, resulting in improved positional limb and body awareness, improved core muscle and joint stabilization, and increased precision of muscle activation and movement.


    • Provides shoulder-trunk-hip stability and mid-line orientation
    • Increases body awareness
    • Excellent trial orthosis
    • To permit maximum freedom of movement in situations of neuromuscular scoliosis, the SPIO vest can also be used in conjunction with a very flexible custom molded Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthosis (TLSO)back to which the front portion can be attached and adjusted
    • Vest is adjustable to provide optimal cylindrical chest, abdominal, and pelvic compression to assist core muscle activation and stabilization
    • Great tool to assist with Hippotherapy treatment


    • Standard double layer compression around the shoulder, trunk, pelvis, and hips
    • Front panel attaches to neoprene back with hook and loop tabs
    • Shoulder extensions are individually adjusted for tension and angle of pull
    • Worn down over the hips and anchored with a strap that fastens between the legs to prevent upward creeping on the trunk
    • Sizes V54 and larger are made with removable crotch strap/tab for toileting
    • Back Panel is made of a semi rigid but flexible velcro-sensitive 1mm neoprene that adjusts to front portion with hook and loop tabs 
    • Neoprene back panel is perforated to reduce overheating
    • Color: Black

    Information about SPIO Vests:

    • SPIO™ is made of a patented Lycra-like blend of fabric.  It has a unique multi-directional stretch which provides an enhanced rebound and "spring back" effect.  SPIO™ does not contain Latex components.  Other features of SPIO™ are:
    • Easy to use.  SPIO™ is easy to put on and adjustments are quick and minimal.
    • Affordable.  Parents find it helpful to have two sets of systems for laundering.  Because insurance will not typically cover two sets, we adjusted our prices to make them out-of-pocket friendly. 
    • Can be worn under clothes.  SPIO™ is not bulky and can be worn discretely under clothing or fashionably by itself.
    • Comfortable.  The lightweight and breathable fabric blend feels soft and cool against the skin while providing an intimate fit that moves with the child.
    • No break-in period.  From the moment you receive your SPIO™, your child can begin wearing it all day.  They may not want to take it off!
    • Allows for growth.  SPIO™ systems allow a 25% growth.  If properly taken care of your SPIO will last for years.

    **NOTE** The use of any compression-type orthotic system such as SPIO™ should be discussed with  your clinician prior to using.

    SKU# 15-Apr


    SPIO Vests Specifications

    Fitting Tips:

    • Measure each child according to the Sizing Guidelines (see below) for a good fit, never select a size for your patient based on eye-balling the SPIO vest.
    • You should be able to place your hand between the child’s body (in the trunk area) and SPIO and feel significant resistance when you pull your hand away from the child’s body. Approximately an inch resistance is adequate. More and it’s too loose, less and it’s too tight.
    • When donning the shirt, make sure you have the sleeves turned properly so they are not twisted. This can cause a bad fit in the armpit area.
    • When you receive the SPIO try it on first before you decide it’s too small. It will look too small, but may not be. If it is the same size as the child’s regular t-shirt, it is too big and you are not getting any compression.
    • After donning the SPIO, watch the child’s reaction to the SPIO. If they get red marks under their arms, or on their skin at the sides, it may be too small and you will want to exchange the SPIO for next larger size.
    • If the inside seams irritate the patient, you may turn the SPIO inside out. This does not include unitards or vests.


    Size Chest Circumference Length
    V41 41cm / 16" 27cm/10.6"
    V44 44cm / 17.3" 30.75cm/12.1"
    V47 47cm / 18.5" 34.5cm/13.6"
    V51 51cm / 20.1" 38.25cm/15.1"
    54cm / 21.3" 44cm/17.3"
    V57 57cm / 22.4" 47.75cm/18.8"
    V60 60cm / 23.6" 51.5cm/20.3"
    V64 64cm / 25.2" 55.25cm/21.8"
    V67 67cm / 26.4" 59cm/23.2"

    Measurement Guidelines:

    • Measurements are taken with patient lying down
    • Measurements are taken in centimeters
    • If measurement is between sizes, round up in size for growth
    • High tone children may need smaller size

    Additional Information

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What is the SPIO Vest made of?
    SPIO is made of a patented Lycra-like blend of fabric.  It has a unique multi-directional stretch which provides an enhanced rebound and "spring back" effect.  SPIO does not contain Latex components.

    Who does SPIO benefit?
    The SPIO™ system appears to be most beneficial for those children who exhibit a primary or secondary sensory deficit which is impairing dynamic stability, postural activation, and movement control. We have found SPIO™ to be most helpful for children with:
    • Moderate to severe hypotonia, particularly axial hypotonia
    • Deficits in dynamic stabilization, tone fluctuations, and unpredictable movement control from dyskinesia
    • Moderate-to-severe hypertonia that is compensatory for poor deep sensation
    • Calming and organizing difficulties
    • Whole body sensory awareness deficits sensory integration challenges

    It is also typical to see improved respiratory function in children wearing a SPIO™, including decreased respiration rate, larger and more fluid ribcage expansion, improved rhythm of breathing, and an increased ability to independently cough.  Most likely, abdominal compression improves the bio mechanics of the diaphragm resulting in these findings.

    For the best outcome, great care must be exercised in the selection and utilization of SPIO™ for specific individuals. Testing the potential benefit of a SPIO™ can be done easily by using elastic wraps to acquire the motor response to increased deep pressure input.


    Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

    Good Fit
    Fits great. highly recommended. The straps stick very tightly. Daily wear is awesome and very comfortable. Review by Steven / (Posted on 8/26/2013)