Wesoła Kraina centre for intensive rehabilitation specializes in running one, two or three week (or more) rehabilitation courses. These courses mainly consist of physiotherapy (including mat work and “spider” therapy), hydrotherapy and therapeutic massage (although other therapies are available). During the stay there are rehabilitation classes of 3, 4 or 5 hours (spilt over different sessions) per day with the possibility of extending or shortening the activities depending on the chosen therapeutic package. Exercises and alternative therapies are held from Monday to Friday and are adjusted to the child’s physical abilities and rest requirements.
Our physical rehabilitation is based on modern and effective methods of neuron development in which our therapists have the appropriate diplomas and certificates.
NDT method Bobath
PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
Wesoła Kraina centre for intensive rehabilitation programme combines the use of traditional mat exercises with the inclusion of a specialist piece of equipment called the ‘Spider’, as well as the use of Hydrotherapy.
Our programmes are individually tailored to the personal needs of each child, ensuring that all children get the best results out of their course. We focus on physical rehabilitation but also respond to the physiological needs of each child. This dual focus of our programme is designed to impact on the physical, cognitive and developmental capabilities of disabled child
Was developed in Poland, the ‘Spider’ enables our therapists to carry out a full course of exercises in any chosen position. The child is positioned in the centre of the frame whilst our therapist aligns the child’s body using elastic ropes connected to the Dunag 02 suit. These ropes form a spider web around the child, providing essential support. Our therapists often incorporate the use of equipment such as trampolines, treadmills and balance boards to help stimulate the correct patterns of position and movement. Whilst taking a firm approach, our therapists integrate a range of toys and games to encourage our children to enjoy and get the best results from their therapy. ‘Spider’ therapy focuses on the development of fundamental movements such as reaching, grasping and holding. The child can achieve the correct body positions for crawling, sitting, kneeling, one-legged kneeling and standing, as well as maintaining and changing between positions independently.
The Dunag 02 suit is also used with the ceiling track system, in conjunction with the parallel bars. Patients using this system during gait, balance, or strength training will be able to experience a level of independence they’ve never felt before!
Here are some of the benefits patients can experience:
Removes the fear of falling down giving patients more confidence
Enables patients to challenge themselves with more advanced movements
Creates a safe environment for strength, balance and gait training
100% safety from any fall related injuries
This system can be used with virtually any type of patient who is at risk of falling or just needs some extra confidence to reach their next milestone.
In order to maximise a child’s function, the mat work focuses on assisting with proper movements as well as learning new skills, whilst managing muscle tone and pathological patterns. Our therapists incorporate traditional therapeutic equipment such as balls, physiotherapy rolls, trampolines, treadmills and wall ladders to facilitate therapy.
Hydrotherapy is the use of warm, deep water for the therapeutic effect of: Alleviating the discomfort of physical impairment & maintaining a range of movement. It is a series of gentle exercises which can be more manageable when carried out in a heated pool while the water supports much of the body weight, the resistance of the water helps to strengthen the muscles. The warmth increases circulation and also reduces muscle spasms and helps to relieve pain.
Exercise in water appeals to disabled children because of the unique quality of the buoyancy of the water that reduces joint loading and impact and decreases the negative influences of poor balance and poor postural control. Hydrotherapy usually consists of gentle stretching, floatation and relaxing exercises, strengthening exercises against the resistance of the water and movement exercises within the water.
Physically disabled children are liable to lose muscle bulk, strength and flexibility through their inability to move independently; these children are said to benefit from hydrotherapy as they are supported in the water and are able, with the assistance of adults, to move their limbs. Physical activity on land may be hard for such children but with the support of the water and assistance from adults they may be able to move their limbs; spontaneous movement in water is much more attainable.
The benefits of hydrotherapy are huge and amongst other things can:
reduce pain and muscle spasm
strengthen weak muscle groups
Hydrotherapy is fun and gives children a freedom of movement only experienced in warm water
For children who have trouble controlling their head position or maintaining a sitting position, we have a dynamic postural seat to help maintain the correct position.
We also offer the following treatments
Sensory Integration – Speech Therapist – Pedagogue – Psychologist – Hand Therapy
Tactical Therapy – Dog therapy – Horse Therapy – Music Therapy
All classes take place at our centre, including the pool classes.