The UEU is used as a system of pulleys to perform a variety of exercises while gravitational forces are eliminated by suspending the body part. Even an individual with muscle strength graded as 1/5 or 2/5 can initiate movement with gravity eliminated. The therapist is able to obtain measurable data and document all improvements.
The pulley system coupled with specific exercises is intended to improve muscle strength and range of motion, prevent joint contractures and normalize muscle tone. The therapist can isolate a muscle group in which tone does not influence movement. The effects of these exercises are reflected in functional gains such as quality of gait, balance, and coordination of movement
We also use this tool to re-educate the nervous system while isolating one extremity from the other in order for it to move independently.
The spider suspension allows an individual to perform independent movement and activities while the body is supported by elastic cords. Exercises performed in full or partial weight bearing allows individuals to develop the motor plan for the movement while maintaining a sense of security and confidence. It also facilitates the development and mastering of functional skills. The ability to maintain an upright position helps to prevent osteoporosis.
A few benefits of the Universal Exercise Unit:-