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Our Technology For Treatment Of Spasticity Is Built Upon NASA Principles

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FirstFlex combines custom bracing and neuromuscular electrical stimulation for the treatment of Cerebral Palsy induced spasticity in children. The componentry used in our braces utilizes our Ultraflex II product line - the next generation in componentry.

Four Steps From Casting To Completion

Each brace is crafted by highly skilled
technicians . . . one at a time.

Jake getting his new FirstFlex

The process of crafting custom Ultraflex bracing for the treatment of spasticity in children encompasses four steps:

1. The process begins with a cast, which is taken by an orthotist.
(For more information about casting, see our casting video).

(We can recommend an orthotist in your area if you do not currently have one. Our clinician contacts extend throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.)

2. The cast is then sent to Ultraflex where it is filled with plaster. It is then modified to remove any rough edges and accommodate the specific anatomical needs of the patient, as indicated.

3. Once the cast moves to fabrication, foam and plastic are pulled over it creating a smooth surface and a cushioned interior.

4. Ultraflex II patented componentry is then integrated to give dynamic tension and static control to the brace for therapeutic purposes.

Spasticity And The Potential For Treatment

Cerebral Palsy induced spasticity is often extremely stimulus (movement) dependent. In spastic hemiplegia, there appears to be the greatest potential to alter spasticity and inhibitory control through a combination of dynamic/static bracing and facilitation of opposing musculature.

For the upper extremity, spasticity will alter resting posture and volitional movement of the elbow, wrist and hand. This negatively impacts normal development of reach, grasp and pinch.

The common pattern presents with spastic elbow flexors, forearm pronators, wrist flexors and intrinsic hand musculature. This will frustrate the patient who sees their "bad" arm lagging behind their "good" arm, and the negative impact can reach beyond the loss of function.

Our FirstFlex BraceAbout the Brace

The FirstFlex custom design provides precise dynamic input to the complete spastic elbow-wrist-hand musculature including isolating the pronator muscle. Once the FirstFlex™ is donned (put on), the wrist should be postured to neutral (as is feasible).

The dynamic extension MCP finger pan will posture, lengthen and strengthen the intrinsic hand musculature needed for grasp and pinch functions.

The protocol for the treatment of spasticity in children should involve:

1. Two one-half hour sessions daily of movement pattern training with the brace and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

2. Sub-maximal night posture/stretching

Therapy - An Integrated Treatment Model For Spasticity

Doning brace after placing electrodesTherapy should focus on facilitation of the extensor muscles (triceps, forearm extensors) with NMES.

Braced and NMES assisted movement pattern training may enhance reciprocal relaxation of spastic musculature to facilitate better motor control and balance. Therapy integration of treating both the spastic and opposing musculature simultaneously must be done under the direction and guidance of the attending physician and therapist.

This integrated treatment model for spasticity in children may alter the reflex arc through cortical changes, moving spasticity management beyond just symptom management to actual changes in volitional movements.

This treatment of spasticty may result in regained inhibitory control and higher velocity and quality of movement.

You can download a video about the FirstFlex™ therapy with patented Ultraflex custom bracing and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

For more detailed information or for answers to your specific questions, please Contact Us.

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