Rebound Therapy (RT) utilizes the unique properties of the Trampoline to develop and enhance gross motor skills, co-ordination, balance and posture, reflex response and spatial awareness. It is particularly apt for people with mild to severe physical disabilities, multiple learning difficulties, dual sensory impairment, and those with autistic spectrum disorders.
Although the use of Trampolining in special education dates back to the 1950's, the principles underpinning Rebound Therapy were first developed in the UK, by remedial gymnast and sports coach Eddy Anderson, in the early 1970's. It has since become an established component within whole movement programmes, rehabilitation and physical intervention strategies, and is now widely employed by qualified practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and neurologists the world over.
How does it work ?
RT works to encourage specific physical responses by controlling the amount of movement or 'bounce' available to the participant, who may be sitting, kneeling, standing or lying down. By transfering body-weight, the practitioner can engineer conditions to induce balance reactions or desired movements, remotely. This is important for those with autism, challenging behaviour and profound physical conditions, where handling may not be appropriate or tolerated.
In common with Hydrotherapy, RT provides scope for both active and passive engagement, while offering all the benefits associated with low-impact, cardio-vascular exercise. As an aerobic activity, RT has found use for people with cystic fibrosis and congestive respiratory conditions. The trampoline also allows freedom of movement and a more forgiving surface upon which certain activities can be undertaken, which would be difficult or otherwise impracticable to achieve under normal circumstances.
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We are keen advocates of Rebound Therapy, having observed the numerous ways in which the techniques can be adapted to provide a highly personalized programme, Diifferent aspects can be introduced and developed according to individual needs, in a controllable and progressive manner. Aside from the recognized therapeutic benefits, RT is a really enjoyable way in which regular exercise can be incorporated into your child's routine, without it feeling like an imposition. Trampoline sessions invariably involve laughter and a positive response.
Our instructors work in accordance with the guidelines for safe practice, established by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, details for which can be found here.
Please Note: RT can be used safely for individuals with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities and there are very few people for whom it would not be suitable. Potential candidates will need to be assessed beforehand, however, to ensure there are no contraindications.
For further information, regarding provision and delivery please contact Gareth Davies on Tel: 07954 411 637 or email via the link below
Trampolining & Rebound Therapy