FLEXI-BOUNCE THERAPY is the specific programme of use of an orthopedic quality rebounder.
Currently, a common issue for many special needs centers, PTs etc is that they can only provide Rebound Therapy sessions once or twice a week due to their number of students and only having access to one or two full sized trampolines. And during holiday times, sessions stop altogether.
Some therapists and schools are not able to provide Rebound Therapy at all because they do not have the budget or space for a full sized trampoline.
Flexi-Bounce Therapy is the solution to this dilemma and is the ideal complement to Rebound Therapy.
Flexi-Bounce Therapy can be provided on a daily basis in the classroom, or in any convenient space, or at home, in between the students' usual Rebound Therapy sessions.
For information on recommended rebounders for Flexi-Bounce Therapy, please visit www.Flexi-BounceTherapy.org
THE ONLINE FLEXI-BOUNCE THERAPY TRAINING COURSE comprises five steps:
1) Study of the reading material
2) Study of the video of practical aspects
3) Study of the video of how to measure and record progress and provide evidence of outcomes
4) Completion of the assessment paper
5) Practical assessment by video (You will be asked to get someone to film you on a mobile phone while you demonstrate the teaching points of some key skills.)
You will be allocated your own personal course tutor who will guide you through the training course and who will be available to you at any time for help and guidance.
On completion of the course, you will be sent recommended further reading material and videos, including examples of exercises being put into categories to suit specific needs.
You may complete the program as quickly or as slowly as you wish and you will have access to the ReboundTherapy.org office by email at all times for help and assistance with the course.
When all steps are completed you will have completed the course and we will send you your course completion certificate and validation number.
The cost of the Flexi-Bounce Therapy online training course is £216 GBP (plus VAT for UK residents.)
TO BOOK ONTO THE ONLINE FLEXI-BOUNCE THERAPY TRAINING COURSE, please CLICK HERE if you are a UK resident.
In the Course Title box please type: 'FBT-ONLINE'
If you are resident in any country outside of the UK please use this link to book
FOR FULL INFORMATION on the benefits of Rebound Therapy; many of which apply to Flexi-Bounce Therapy, please click here.
REBOUNDTHERAPY.ORG have developed an exercise and activity program, together with video examples to enable Flexi-Bounce Therapy to be provided by schools, PTs, OTs, gymnastic and trampoline coaches, personal trainers, carers and parents; within the school or center and at home.
THE ONLINE TRAINING COURSE ENABLES the therapist, coach or carer to use the program to provide structured exercises and activities that teach logical progressions of movement patterns, designed to encourage the student to continually develop, whilst at the same time experiencing healthy exercise and enjoyment.
CARERS of ambulant students are advised to work progressively through the graded development plans.
CARERS of students with more complex needs are advised to liaise with the student's physcal therapist or occupational therapist to develop exercises that complement the existing physio program.
THE HUDDERSFIELD FUNCTIONAL INDEX for Flexi-Bounce Therapy breaks all the exercises from the graded development plan down into five levels from 0 to 4. This enables the carer to accurately measure and record progress and provide evidence of outcomes. The HFI can be used for virtually all students regardless of ability, if desired.
The cost of the online Flexi-Bounce Therapy training course is £216 GBP (plus VAT for UK residents.)
TO BOOK ONTO THE TRAINING COURSE,please CLICK HERE if you are a UK resident.
If you are resident in any country outside of the UK or EU, please use this link to book
THERE IS A HIGH demand on muscles to deal with the increased gravity produced on deceleration and in the control of movement required when gravity is in effect reduced, as in acceleration, causing an increase in the respiratory rate and subsequently the heart rate. As a direct consequence there is an upturn in venous and lymphatic drainage. The constant muscle work required to maintain position and balance increases the demand for oxygen.
IN SIMPLISTIC TERMS, trampolining generally causes an increase in postural muscle tone, simple to prevent falling over. In Rebound Therapy, the effect on muscle tone hypertonia or hypotonia is variable. Low amplitive bouncing in general causes a reducing effect on hypertonia by bombarding the muscle spindle in much the same way as shaking causes a decrease in muscle tone. High amplitude bouncing can cause an increase in tone by stimulating the stretch receptors. The two properties can be used therefore to increase or decrease tone where required. The effect of the rebound activity on muscle tone can easily be observed in people with spasticity, either hemiplegic or athetoid, or by effect on ataxia where tone can be seen to undergo change.
STIMULATING BY BOMBARDING the sensory systems through joints, muscle and skin can improve the output to the important postural muscles.
IN CREATING A dynamic movement situation, so challenging balance mechanisms, observable improvement can be achieved. This is particularly relevant when working with adults where a dynamic balance situation is difficult to create in lying, sitting or kneeling.
BY THE MULTIPLE stimulation of joints, pressure stretch receptors, skin, muscles etc., kinaesthetic awareness is improved, leading to improved body image and spatial awareness.
MOVEMENT CAN BE facilitated at different stages of the bounce. The most active movement takes place at the top of the bounce where acceleration of the body equals the downthrust of gravity to allow a momentary "gravity-free" zone. A tiny body movement can produce a large effect with correctly applied bounce. Momentum and rhythm can be added to movement to help teach new movement skills and energise movement. Balance and equilibrium reactions can be achieved through stimulation of postural mechanisms; by creating a dynamic movement situation, protective and saving reactions can be developed. The anticipation of movement occurs because of the effects of timing, rhythm and momentum. An inhibiting or stimulating effect on muscle tone enables active movement to take place. By using good positioning and low amplitude bouncing, good relaxation is easily obtained.
BODY IMAGE, BODY part awareness and positional sense are enhanced through tactile and joint sensation. Increased perception of body image, spatial awareness combined with rhythm, and movement itself, greatly develop co-ordination. The experience of movement into space with the return to stability, while remaining in control, provides an enriched learning experience, for the motor-impaired person.
DUE TO CARDIO-RESPIRATORY effects, vocalisation is increased - with exclamations and gasps. Eye contact and concentration are enhanced by the "focus effect".
• It is fun
• Gives confidence in movement
• Is usually achievable (good target/goal setting)
• Develops fitness
• Gives general confidence and a feeling of well being