Treatment with serial casting: 15 days x 120 minutes + unlimited re-casting/ 7.500 zł
Physiotherapists from the “Dzielny Miś” Institute have spent over one year on developing this treatment: serial casting. We shave have very strong support from the best experts from around the world, including Beverly Cusick (PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC), who finally came to us to examine and confirm our qualifications.
Serial Casting is an innovative way of treatment of children, incl. children with CP. The therapy consist of multiple casting, intensive exercising, monitoring of soft tissues developments driven by exercises, and re-casting. This cycle repeats several times during each treatment. We also take advantage from innovative casting materials that we use for casting – fiberglass and synthetics. On top we carefully monitor the way we position feet inside the cast, as the feet remain the fundament for proper whole-body muscles activization. All of the above characteristics are tailor made for children to drive particular structural and functional developments among young patients. Depending on starting point, we are able to significantly impact self-supported standing, improve range of motion of lower limbs or improve the gait quality.
How serial casting differentiate form regular castings?
They do very much! Serial Casting is totally different philosophy, methodology and effectiveness. What are the key differences?
- Foot position. During casting we position the foot in R1 range, which is the range providing the muscles’ highest functional effectiveness. Thanks to that “calf” muscles are capable to nourish and activate, as a result, impact the whole range of motion of lower limb. Linear foot position provides possibilities to effectively impact upper parts of the body with focus on trunk.
- Casting materials. Classic casting materials are mixed with synthetic materials and fiberglass. Such combination provides comfortable feeling and ensures right flexibility and durability. On top we include additional materials that we imported from US that we use to protect lower limb from inner part of the cast and keep the possibility to re-position the foot without necessity of taking the cast of.
- During the 3-weeks treatment we will be casting, exercising, monitoring developments, re-casting and so on and so forth. Why? The exercises will drive structural changes in soft tissues. We have to re-cast the foot to reflect those changes and, as a result, position the foot in next casting respectively. This will make consecutive excercises even more effective.
How does the treatment with serial casting look like?
- Initial research. Our physical therapists will go through your medical documentation, assess child’ possibilities and challenges, conduct in-depth interview with the parents.
- Medical Case conference. Based on gathered data, our physical therapists and parents will set cleat objectives of the treatment.
- Signature of declaration. The treatment with serial casting will drive many positive changes under one condition – cooperation between physical therapists and parents. As a child’s attendant you will get two important features from us: kicked off the process of structural and functional developments and set of exercises to conduct at home. We will do our job in the best possible way. We ask you to do so to.
- Lower limb castings. Our physical therapists will do it in totally different way as you might have experienced in any other European rehab centers. They will position the feet differently. They will use different casting materials. The key objective will be to allow lower limbs to activate the muscles, load the center of mass into the heel direction and kick off soft tissues’ structural changes.
- Right after implementing the casts we will begin the exercises. We will exercise at least 120 minutes per day. Regularly we will monitor changes to postural control and its transfer to motor capabilities.
- Casts removal. First time we will remove the casts after 2 to 6 days. Immediately we will check the progress of muscles changes. We will also teach you how to remove the casts – it is very easy!
- Re-casting. New casts will be on already on same day as previous were removed. However these will be totally different casts. We will position the feet in different way taking into consideration structural changes that we achieved thanks to the exercises..
- Your turn. We will teach you how to remove casts. It’s easier than you think. Thanks to that your child will be able to i.e. take a bath during the weekend, before next series of casts.
Serial Casting – what are the differences versus regular casts?
There are vast of differences. Let’s begin from the most important ones:
- The treatment will last continuously for three weeks. In exceptional cases (i.e. age of the patient) the treatment might be shortened to two weeks. Such a long treatment is necessary to proceed with sufficient number of castings and re-castings.
- Every treatment during the three weeks rehab cycle is proceeded in lower limbs’ casts
- Team play. The best outcomes of the therapy with serial casting are achieved from proper patient-parents-physical therapist cooperation. Treatment with Serial Casting particularly demands your involvement. Exercises at home are crucial to achieve goals of the therapy!
- It’s the beginning of the way. Treatment with serial casting will impact trunk stability, build postural control, decrease muscle tone in lower limbs. It is highly possible that after finalizing the treatment the little patient will keep the casts and get list of exercises to conduct at home. Afterwards we will invite to remove the cast and possibly re-cast This is all to keep the pace of structural changes in soft tissues that we kick-off during the treatment. Once we are done with the casts it is crucial to secure proper orthosis and keep exercising! This is the only way to achieve impressive results of the therapy!
Does Feet impact the body as a whole?
Indeed! This is why our treatment with serial casting is so efficient
The impact of the feet on the whole body has been underappreciated so far. Thanks to proper feet positioning we can impact postural control and , as a result, impact the whole body motor activity. There is no exaggeration if we say that feet are the fundamentals of the whole body!
How much is the treatment with serial casting and what is included in the price?
- 30hours of intensive therapy (120 minutes per day, everyday for three weeks)
- Several castings and re-castings (particular number of series depends on patient’s individual needs)
- Free casting materials (no matter how many of them we will use for the castings and re-castings)
- Instructions for parents on how to remove the casts
- Set of exercises to proceed with at home
- Orthotic recommendations to ensure continuation of structural changes in soft tissues.