A Novel Approach to the Rehabilitation of Disordered Motor And Speech Functions In Patients with Paralysis of Cerebral Origin
The Bulletin of Neurology, volume XXVI, issue 1-2, Kazan, 1994
In 1991, a group of clinicians and physiologists developed a novel method for rehabilitative treatment of patients with motor and speech disorders of cerebral origin.
The method involves the use of a special device which is built into the suit the patient wears and which normalizes to some extent the trajectory characteristics of the locomotor acts executed by the patient’s torso and lower limbs in the presence of an extra load of 15-40 kg imposed by the device in the direction of the long axis of the body.
A research study was conducted by investigators at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the staff of the Courage Centre, Golden Valley, Minnesota, to evaluate the efficacy of the Adeli Suit on individuals with cerebral palsy or who had suffered a stroke.
The Adeli Suit treatment program is very intensive and concentrated over a three week period, but in the long run, may prove to be highly cost-effective.
On the basis of Eugene G. Sologub’s doctoral dissertation “System of Rehabilitation of Patients with Infantile Cerebral Palsy by the Method of Dynamic Functional Proprioreceptive Correction” – Moscow, 1997. The study was conducted at the Vladimirskii Moscow Regional Clinical Research Institute and Moscow Children’s Psychoneurological Hospital no. 18.
Experience of Application of Adeli Approach at Children with CP in Skobikino Children’s Neurological Sanatorium
The clinical examination carried out on completion of the therapeutical course revealed in all patients the presence of improvement with respect to the motor sphere. An increase in the volume of movements was noted in 75%, an improvement of bearing ability – in 73%, an improvement of social skills and skills of everyday living – in 70%, a decrease in the degree of the hyperkinetic syndrome and cerebellar syndrome – in 60% of the patients. A decrease in the degree of the pathologic position and tonic reflexes resulted in an improvement of the motor skills (sitting, maintaining the vertical position, walking).
Kazan State Medical University, Neurological Bulletin, issue 1-2, Kazan, 1998.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a syndrome group of different clinical presentation. These syndromes appear as a result of brain hypoplasia and brain damage on different stages of ontogenesis. They are characterized by inability to retain physiological posture and to do voluntary movements.