Universal Exercise Unit

The Universal Exercise Unit is utilized in two main ways: 

  1. For isolating and strengthening specific muscles necessary to produce functional movement.  It uses a system of pulleys and weights to target specific muscles.  It allows the therapist to facilitate strengthening of weak muscles while preventing compensatory use of other muscles.  It is also used for sensory vestibular activities such as "flying" and swinging.  It can be used with a treadmill for unweighted gait training.  This is a very effective treatment tool for teaching children how to activate and use their muscles for functional activities such as sitting, changing positions, and walking.
  2. The spider cage uses a belt and bungee cords to provide dynamic assistance to maintain and upright position.  The spider cage can allow a child to stand without a therapist's assistance while allowing freedom of movement and facilitating balance.  It is useful for learning to transition between positions, to acquire the weight-shifts needed for functional movement, and to improve proprioception with jumping.  The spider cage can also be used with the pulleys and weights of the monkey cage to perform strengthening exercises in more challenging positions.  The goals of the exercises performed in the spider cage are to improve functional skills such as sitting, crawling, and walking.  It also helps to improve balance, coordination, and sensory-motor integration.  The ultimate goal of the spider cage is to promote independent movement.  

What does the Universal Exercise Unit cost?

Based on an occupational therapy and/or physical therapy evaluation and plan of care, insurance or Medicaid is billed directly for this program. Families are responsible for deductibles, copayments and any portion of the program not covered by their policy.

We are here to help

Our team of occupational therapists and physical therapists serving Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and surrounding communities have specialized training in the Universal Exercise Unit. Contact us today to schedule a screening.

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