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|One of the amazing things that we have found is that we have collected literally hundreds of e-mails that support one treatment or another passionately.
Often they contain personal success stories. We know people that swear by
HBOT, g-therapy, Feldenkrais, FGF, cell therapy, etc. etc. The all share a passion for
their favorite therapy. As we receive all these e-mails we have to ask ourselves, what treatments to provide our kids? If we tried them all, we would
be broke and have traveled the world three times! Therefore, at BRIGHT we prefer to ask: What are the common factors about all these treatments that are helping these
people and why does one treatment help some and not others? How can we isolate these factors, focus and enhance them to help others? That is really the quest of
BRIGHT. I hope that you will join us in the journey and share your knowledge.
|Here are a couple of gold star, must see websites. The menu above will take you to many additional sites on more specific topics.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
This article written by med student Lily
Kernagis in the summer of 1999 and still provides a good medical overview of the types of CP, their common medical treatments, and the limitations of these treatments
Kid Power: This is the one website to
visit for current treatments!! A huge amount of extremely useful information. explanation and links to 100s of treatments, as well as travel info,
the Sensory toys, etc. etc. A powerhouse of a website!
||The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation: Christopher Reeves
vision embodies our vision exactly. Christopher's goal is very clear. He wants to walk again. In order to accomplish this he has decided to make it happen with his own means.
He organized a group of the best scientists in the world and he raised millions of dollars to fund his own research. His research is not bogged down by governmental reviews and paperwork,
because he is funding it he can move ahead quickly and focused towards a cure. Read Christophers motivating letter of hope here.
Julie J. Gordon, MUMS, National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
1-877-336-5333 (toll free) | 920-336-5333
920-339-0995 (Fax) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|We would like to highlight a website from Dina. Dina has mild spastic diplegia CP and has
first hand experience with many of the existing treatments we provide links to on our website. Dina has developed her own website and she writes
a particurly powerful letter to Medical Professional and Parents of children with CP. It is interesting to hear Dina's first hand experience and she can provide many valuable
lessons for those of us that are trying to make choices for our young children. I also need to give Dina credit for many of the links that we
have in this section of the website as she was responsible for getting many of them on the net years ago. Thanks Dina!! Click on the
following link to visit Dina's site. Be sure to read My
Story and A Letter to the Medical Profession
Acupuncture and Cerebral Palsy
Acupuncture Aids Kids with Cerebral Palsy (News article dated July 12, 2004)
Sedona Healing Arts
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - A reeducation of the mind and body on how to use the correct amount of effort for each task performed in a day.
It helps to relieve tension and can help with ease of movement, coordination, and balance.
The Alexander Technique
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
AMINO ACID THERAPY - Use of specially selected combinations of amino acids designed to control the exchange processes in the damaged brain cells.
Amino Acid Therapy
AQUATIC THERAPY - Physical & Occupational therapy that is performed in a pool heated to between 92 and 96 degrees. These warm temperatures help to
decrease spasticity and along with the buoyancy of the water helps the therapist get the patient into positions that are not tolerable for them during land based therapy. This therapy assists in
improving range of motion, cardiovascular endurance, balance, strength, proprioception, tactile stimulation tolerance, relaxation, ambulation and pain management. This therapy can be used along with land-based therapy to best meet
a patients needs. Listed below are a few of the indications where aquatic therapy could be utilized: developmental delay, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, post orthopedic surgery,
back pain, Down's Syndrome, PDD, ADD, autism, sensory and vestibular involvement.
Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic Resources Network
AUDITORY INTEGRATION THERAPY - AIT involves several components including some audiological work, behavior analysis and management,
educational issues, and after-care counseling for the client and family. The most satisfactory results can be obtained when a multi-disciplinary team approach is used for the administration of
the AIT program. SAIT recommends a multi-disciplinary team which could include (but is not limited to) specialists in the fields of audiology, psychology, special education, and
Auditory Integration Therapy
AIT--A Checklist for Parents
BACLOFEN THERAPY - The baclofen pump is used for treatment of severe spasticity. A Baclofen Pump is implanted into the body
that delivers a dose of Lioresal Intrathecal directly to the spinal cord. It relieves spasticity with low dosages. Low incidence of side effects because the medication does not get into the bloodstream.
Implantable Infusion Pump
Intrathecal Baclofen Overview
Intrathecal Pump Implant ("Spinal Morphine Pump") FAQ's
Factsheet: Baclofen and the Baclofen Pump
Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
Oral Baclofen Therapy
Use of Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy in Management of the Brain Injured Patient
BOTOX - Botulinum Toxin--Injected into spastic muscles to weaken them. During the period that these muscles are
weakened increased therapy helps to reach a greater range of motion and to increase strength in the non-spastic muscles. Helps to decrease scissoring of legs and decrease
spasticity even after the Botox injections wear off. Effects are only temporary and injections have to be repeated about every 6 months to a year.
Use of Botulinum-A Toxin in the Management of Muscle Spasticity
Botulinum Toxin A in the Management of Spastic Gait
Disorders in Children and Young Adults With CP
CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION - An education system used to develop problem solving skills in people with physical
disabilities. Seeks to make it easier for persons to function at their maximum potential in society and teaches them to find their own solutions. Promotes self confidence and motivation.
Ability Camp -- Centre for Conductive Education
Beginning Steps to Independence Inc. -- San Jose
Conductive Education Information Home Page
Listing of Conductive Education Centers
Moira Centre -- Real Conductive Education
National Institute of Conductive Education
CONSTRAINED INDUCED THERAPY - Therapy used for stroke patients consisting of restraining the unaffected arm/hand
so the patient is forced to use the affected arm/hand. This is thought to retrain the brain to be able to use the affected hand/arm.
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy: A New Family of Techniques with Broad Application to Physical Rehabilitation -- A Clinical Review
Constraint-induced movement therapy for focal hand dystonia in musicians
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT): Strong Evidence Supportive of the Habit Retraining Model
Constraint-Induced Therapy: Ready for Prime Time?
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
CRANIO-SACRAL THERAPY - Cranialsacral therapy is the evaluation and enhancement of the wave like pulsations of the cerebral spinal fluid.
Helps to steady the gait and to properly align the body.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
National Down Syndrome Congress: Position Statement On
DANCE - Can help children of all ages and has many rewarding benefits such as: increased self esteem, better motor
planning skills, socialization and group interaction skills, increased self awareness of personal and surrounding spaces, and an excellent avenue for also using verbal skills with song and dance!
EEG BIOFEEDBACK - A learning strategy that enables persons to alter their brain waves by making
information about their brain wave characteristics available to them so that they can learn to change them. Electrodes attached to the head measure brain wave activity while you move certain
muscles. Learn to use certain parts of the brain to move certain muscles.
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
Cascade Center for Family Growth
Controlled Study of the Effects of EEG Biofeedback on Cognition and Behavior of Children with ADDs and Learning Disabilities
EEG Biofeedback in the Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Future Health, Inc.
Neurological Processes of the Brain
For more information on EEG Biofeedback contact:
Pittsburg State University EEG Biofeedback Lab
Pittsburg, KS 66762
EMG BIOFEEDBACK - Used to train alternate cells of the brain that are not damaged to take over the
task for damaged ones in brain damage such as stroke, head trauma, and cerebral palsy.
EMG Biofeedback and Strength Training
EMG & Oral Pharyngeal Dysphagia
How Effective Is EMG Biofeedback in the Treatment of Incontinence?
FELDENKRAIS - It provides environments for the nervous system to learn through touch and movement and develops
sensory awareness to help people recognize habits of movement and posture.
About the Feldenkrais Method
The Feldendrais Guild of North America
FES/FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION - The principle behind this treatment is to deliver small electrical signals imitating the nerve
impulses that have been blocked by brain or spinal cord injury. This therapy can be used with stroke victims, brain and spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
Center for Functional Electrical Stimulation
Efficacy of Neuromuscular Stimulation in Enhancing the Upper Extremity Motor and Functional Recovery of Acute Stroke Survivors
HIPPOTHERAPY/THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING - Therapeutic Horseback Riding -- Therapy done while the person is
on horseback. Helps with balance and can reduce spasticity. Also is great for increasing self-esteem.
The Camelot Center
Graduate Certificate Program in Hippotherapy
Taking a ride helps learning to walk - Hippotherapy
Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Feldenkrais Method
INTENSIVE NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL REHABILITATION SYSTEM (INRS) - One of our officers attended a presentation of the Intensive Neurophysiological
Rehabilitation System (INRS). You can read his summary here.
MANUAL THERAPY - The therapist puts the muscles into a state of relaxation before stretching begins. They
treat both soft tissue and joint structures.
Early American Manual Therapy
North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy
MEDEK - A physical therapy program for infants and young children. Works on helping to develop the gross
motor skills of these children with a rigorous routine of therapy.
MUSIC THERAPY - The use of music as therapy for the treatment of neurological, mental, or behavioral disorders.
Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Prelude Music Therapy
Therapy: The Power of Music
NDT: NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL TREATMENT
BOEHME WORKSHOPS is a clinically based continuing
education provider. They specialize in providing training, video-tapes and text books with a specialized focus on children and adults challenged by both congenital and acquired
injuries to the central nervous system. These guys have trained many of the professionals. Great for families to learn directly from the pros or for pros to brush up on technique.
Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA)is the professional certification organization. They offer assistance in finding qualified instructors in your
area. Very helpful folks.
ICE is also a professional organization providing training seminars and videos. We have no
experience with them.
NEURO THERAPY (IAHP, NACD) - You can use a program from The Institutes, NACD program, or a trained independent
neurodevelopmentalist. The Institutes uses a very rigorous program. Some parents find this very hard to follow. NACD is an offshoot of The Institutes
and is less restrictive than IAHP. A local therapist or an independent who travels to your area are probably the most convenient options.
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
The National Academy of Child Development
ORAL BACLOFEN - helps alleviate the signs and symptoms of spasticity. Is not effective for everyone.
We Move Baclofen Information
ROLFING - The manipultion of the soft tissues or myofacial system to allow for proper alignment and
organization of the whole body in gravity. Helps loosen up spastic muscles and smooths out gait patterns and helps keep the spine aligned.
Frome Physical Therapy
How Does Rolfing Work
SAMONAS SOUND THERAPY - Provides a slight massage to certain areas of the middle ear (stapedius and tympanic muscles) opening the
systmm to sounds previously shut out or never accessed. If the sounds that are made available to the auditory system are not threatening, then the stimulation of the auditory system and growth in
this area and all of the related systems can be achieved. If the sounds are a source of continued irritation or if the system is overstimulated, then these very same sounds can become another
source of shutting down of the auditory system. Hence, the use of sound therapy must be done with wisdom and caution, making sure that there are not adverse reactions, at least long term adverse
reactions." -- taken from "Samonas Sound Therapy" by Kay Ness, Copyright 1999.
The Whole Idea
THERAPEUTIC ELECTRICAL STIMULATION - Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation -- is a low level electrical
stimulation that does not contract the muscles but is enough to get blood to flow to them in hopes of helping stimulate muscle growth. The electrodes are worn at night during sleep when the body rejuvenates
itself the most, in order to get optimum benefit. The electrodes are placed on the atrophied muscles in hopes to get them to grow and counteract the over active spastic muscles or to
just get hypo tonic muscles to gain strength. A person has to be evaluated by a qualified therapist and approved before they can begin therapy. Patients are followed closely while on
the TES and reevaluated at least every six months to mark progress and determine if placement of the electrodes is providing the desired effect.
The TASC Network
Myles Medical, Inc. -- TES Electrodes
VOJTA THERAPY (REFLEXLOCOMOTION)
Vojta Therapy (reflexlocomotion) is a highly specialized type of physical therapy that is designed to primarily enhance the motor development of a
child. The treatment has added benefits of improvements in cognition, fine motor, breathing, and digestion. Vojta therapy is quite well known and well received across Europe and Japan and is
expanding around the globe. The Vojta training centers are based in Germany and the Czech Republic. The method originated in the 1950's by a pediatric neurologist, Dr. Vaclav Vojta
and is still being improved upon. Vojta therapy is based on responses and reflexes to specific stimuli provoking muscle chain reactions as they appear in a typical child's motor development.
The treatment encourages those responses through specific positions and pressures applied.
YOGA - Used to stimulate the cognitive and motor development of special needs children.
Yoga for the Special Child
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