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Children With Cerebral Palsy Benefitting From New Physical Therapy Regimen
Date:2/11/2010

New York lawyer Steven J. Schwartzapfel, a personal injury attorney with Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C., is pleased to help spread the word about a promising new therapy for cerebral palsy sufferers.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2010 – A new approach to exercise for children with cerebral palsy is helping them walk with less assistance while increasing their strength and endurance.

The therapy, being tested with success at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, uses harnesses to support children’s weight as they walk on a treadmill, which allows cerebral palsy patients to move their arms and legs more freely while reducing their fear of falling. The device slowly transfers the patients’ weight back to the patients themselves as their movement builds up muscle memory and endurance.

“It is gratifying to see such an advancement in the help available to children with cerebral palsy and, by extension, to their parents,” said Steven J. Schwartzapfel, a personal injury attorney with Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C. of New York.

More than 90 percent of the participants demonstrated improved walking speed, while one child transitioned completely out of braces, and another transitioned to less supportive bracing, the hospital reported.

Cerebral palsy is a birth defect that impairs muscular functions, including gross motor skills (moving arms and legs) and fine motor skills, such as grasping objects. It can also cause difficulty with speech and muscle spasms. Cerebral palsy itself does not affect mental processes; CP suffe
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