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It is recommended that Shea attend at least two of these sessions per year to give him the maximum benefit.
We found out about EUROMED and their special ‘Spacesuit’ and related therapy on the internet. It is specifically aimed at adults and children with Cerebral Palsy. They are based in Poland and they have developed the suit from the original Russian one which was made for strengthening cosmonaut’s muscles in space.
The suit is used in conjunction with other therapies to strengthen muscles and help the uninjured parts of the brain take over some of the brain injured areas.
Euromed are the world leaders in this form of therapy and the results can be astounding. Shea’s physical strength, posture and walking have improved amazingly from just two visits totalling six weeks.
Why do we think the therapy works?
Shea’s therapy achieved more than we had hoped. Sometimes it was very painful for him but he always carried on.
He has a 300% improvement in measured leg strength (started leg exercises with a 0.5 kilo weight during the last few days using a 2 kilo weight). The muscle strength gain has enabled him to be steadier on his feet and has significantly reduced the ‘scissoring’ (crossing ) of his legs when sitting or trying to walk.
Sitting and posture has improved by approx 25% . Shea has a weakness on his right side these figures improved from 47% (least use) 67% max use to 57% and 89% over a half hour period. Buttock strength had approx 30% improvement for muscle use.
Shea’s right arm and wrist which he could not hold straight for any length of time has improved to the extent that he has achieved four point kneeling (arms ,knees ) for 2 minutes (as opposed to being totally unable to do this) and holding on to a walking rollator with perfect grip.
In the last few days he was able to stand against a wall holding his own weight with minimal help for two minutes or so and doing the same with crutches (again he could not do this before).
Shea’s walking with a rollator has improved due to the leg and arm strength gains so much so that he walks three times the distance he used to approx 25 metres and his walking has gone from very unsteady to steady steps.USB
These exercises build up thigh and buttock strength. (buttock strength being essential for walking).
RUSSIAN MADE ADELI SUIT
The suit not only keeps the body in posture the elastic straps tension adds ‘bodyweight’ in Shea’s case approx thirteen pounds extra that he had to carry around. He also had to walk with extra weights attached to his ankles.
Half hour of buttock exercise electronic devices attached to Shea’s buttocks and legs. These measured whether Shea was using the correct muscles when pushing his heel upwards.
OXYGEN and HEAT PACKS
We have returned in April from our third trip to Poland. Shea can now walk with for about 30mtres this takes him 15mins with assistance but without a walking aid and taking his own weight . His standing has improved so much he was able to have a picture taken with his brothers (see pic below) and able to stand with me in a Polish museum.
A special mention to 'Bogie' Shea's interpreter who helps Shea through the sometimes painful exercises that Shea has to do and without his help Shea would probably give up some days. (see pic of Bogie in sunglasess with Shea below).
Please donate, with their help and yours we really think Shea could be that kid jumping in puddles not the one in the wheelchair just looking on...