Description[edit | edit source]

TheraTogs were developed as a logical sequel to the emergence of new strategies for raising sensory awareness and activation of targeted muscles, including orthopedic taping techniques; Kinesio Taping; elastic joint supports and customized, full body, Lycra garments. It is an FDA-registered Class I medical device.

Indication[edit | edit source]

  • Ataxia
  • Muscle imbalance
  • In-toed or out-toed gait
  • Postural malalignment

THERATOGS system[edit | edit source]

Consists of:

  • A sleeveless tank top with custom-fit side panels
  • Two hipsters, each with two thigh cuffs
  • An assortment of elasticized straps of different calibers of stiffness
  • A marker kit to assure correct strap and panel placement at home
  • Illustrated donning instructions and strapping suggestions.[1]

Clinical Benefits of TheraTogs Use[edit | edit source]

It provides gentle, prolonged muscle stretch and alignment guidance that replicates the manual positioning and supervised therapy that the rehab clinician offers in a typical session.

  • Addresses bone and joint development issues in infants and young children – countering the potential long-term pathomechanics that await.
  • Improve client’s body awareness and postural stability – building a foundation for future progress.
  • Use neural plasticity and neuromotor relearning to clinical advantage - Modify both resting and functional joint alignment so that daily activities reinforce corrected alignment.
  • Improve client’s stability and motor performance during therapy sessions – so you can focus on other improvements.
  • Increase compliance with wearable therapy, so that caregivers don’t have to become therapists.
  • Multiply the effects of therapy sessions with thousands of corrected repetitions during the client’s regular daily activities[2].

Key Evidence[edit | edit source]

Ehab Mohamed Abd El-Kafy (2014) The clinical impact of orthotic correction of lower limb rotational deformities in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 2014, Vol. 28(10) 1004-1014.

Fenneman, P, Ries, JD. (2010) Effects of TheraTogs on the Postural Stability and Motor Control of a 7-year-old Girl with Down Syndrome and Severe Motor Delays. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February 2010.

Maguire et al. (2012) How to Improve walking, balance and social participation following stroke: a comparison of the long term effects of two walking aids- canes and an orthosis TheraTogs- on the recovery of gait following acute stroke. A study protocol for a multi-centre, single blind, randomized control trial. BMC Neurology 2012, 12:18.

Maguire C, Sieben JM, Frank M, Romkes J. (2010) Hip abductor control in walking following stroke — the immediate effect of canes, taping and TheraTogs on gait. Clinical Rehabilitation 2010 Jan;24(1):37-45. Switzerland.

Flanagan A, Krzalz J, Peer M, Johnson P, Urban M. (2009) Evaluation of Short-Term Intensive Orthotic Garment Use in Children Who Have Cerebral Palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2009;21:201-204.

Sefecka, A. (2009) Case Report: The AtaxiTog System As An Adjunct To Traditional Physical Therapy Intervention For A 13-Year-Old With Postural Instability Post Non-Traumatic Cerebellar Injury;A Five-Week Program. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February 2009.

Rojas A., Weiss M., Elbaum L. (2008) The Effect of TheraTogs on the Gait of a Child with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Study. Florida International University Department of Physical Therapy, Miami FL. Poster presented at FIU Honors College Annual Research Conference, April 2008.

Engelmeyer, Kelly SPT, et al. (2007) The Effect of TheraTogs on Gait in a 5-Year-Old with Spastic Hemiplegia. School of Physical Therapy, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February 2007.

Siracusa C, Taynor M, Geletka B, Overby A. (2005) Effectiveness of a biomechanical intervention in children with spastic diplegia. Pediatric Physical Therapy 17(1): 83-84. 
Detailed Abstract, Pediatric Physical Therapy (PDF) Poster Presentation.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. THERATOGS Pediatric Physical Therapy: Summer 2003 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 142-143 Available: 17.9.2021)
  2. Theratogs TheraTog basics Available: (accessed 17.9.2021)