Rehabilitation for children with movement disorders is an ongoing process. Its continuation is a great challenge for those small patients who, for various reasons, cannot receive outpatient rehabilitation - rehabilitation at home requires both remote consultations and special therapeutic suits - Mollii Superhero Costumes.
With the support of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, the 58 little patients with movement disorders of the Children's Rehabilitation Center POGA have already received 140 Mollii rehabilitation courses at home in 2021 and 2022.
In 2021, 20 Mollii therapeutic costumes were purchased for the Children's Rehabilitation Center POGA. Specialists of the center carried out their programming, and provided physiotherapist consultations, trial lessons, and parent training for using Molli suits. For each child, the costume is programmed and selected according to their needs and the size of the child. After programming and parent training, the outfit is given to the child to use at home. As a result, by the end of 2022, children have received therapy at home for a total of 2,275 days.
Funding in the amount of EUR 61,000 has so far been allocated for the purchase of Mollii therapeutic costumes, consultations, and rehabilitation courses.
The new technology significantly improves the physical condition of children and, with the help of parents, allows them to receive full-fledged rehabilitation and physiotherapist support remotely at home.
Made in Sweden Mollii therapeutic suit is used to treat people with spasticity and other movement disorders due to cerebral palsy, stroke, cerebral damages, spinal cord injury, or other neurological injuries. The device can also be used to relieve pain associated with spasticity. The pre-programmed costume is remotely controlled and is used at home, specialist consultations take place remotely. One session at home lasts 60 minutes, but its therapeutic effect lasts up to 49 hours. The cost of one suit is 2`200 euros, it is available in nine sizes.
The Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation started to support the project at a time when the center "POGA" provided its services to a fewer number of patients than usual, due to the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the state of emergency declared in Latvia in 2020.
For children with cerebral palsy, it is important to do rehabilitation regularly. However, these small patients are at risk for the coronavirus Covid-19, as they may suffer severe difficulty breathing due to lung malfunction. As a result, it became vital to continue rehabilitation remotely using these Mollii therapeutic suits.