Cerebral Palsy Exercises Improve Strength and Range of Motion

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted June 15, 2007


Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of muscle control and movement coordination, commonly associated with seizures, sensory impairments and cognitive limitations.  Although there is no cure for the brain injury, by focusing on muscle strength and coordination, cerebral palsy exercises and therapy programs can help improve motor skills and coordination of muscle movement.  At the North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac, Michigan, the Euro-Pēds clinic offers innovative treatment options for children with cerebral palsy.

>>INFORMATION: Cerebral Palsy Resources

Euro-Pēds is a hospital-based intensive cerebral palsy exercise and therapy program for children.  Based on a variety of established treatment methods and techniques, as well as their own individualized methods, the clinic has helped hundreds of children improve their strength and muscle control, which helps them improve their functional ability.

While most children with cerebral palsy undergo exercise programs which involve 1 to 2 hours of therapy a week through school or outpatient programs, Euro-Pēds provides up to 20 hours of intensive exercises and therapy each week.  Focusing on the child’s abilities, instead of on their disability, the program allows enough time for the new motor skills to be learned efficiently.

>>LINK: Euro-Pēds website

A typical cerebral palsy therapy session at Euro-Pēds consists of roughly 12 different steps, which are broken down into two phases by the clinic.  The first is based on muscular preparation and strength, employing strength exercises, stretches, massages and muscular exercises.  The second stage is geared more towards activities, such as balance, walking, crawling, kneeling and rolling.  This stage also uses technologies exclusive to Euro-Pēds, such as an advanced therapy suit. 

From now through the end of the year, representatives from Euro-Pēds will be presenting and speaking at events in several states about the new cerebral palsy treatment options which are offered at the clinic.  They will be participating in the following events:

June 15-17, 2007
Abilities Expo-Southern California
Long Beach, California Long Beach Convention Center
June 27-30
APTA Annual Conference
Denver, Colorado Colorado Convention Center
August 3-4, 2007
CP Conference
St. Louis, Missouri Washington University Medical Center
Sept. 7-9, 2007
Abilities Expo-Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Convention Center
Oct. 20, 2007
MSU Adapted Sports Festival
East Lansing, Michigan Michigan State Univ. Campus
Oct. 24-26, 2007
Michigan Rehabilitation Conference
Grand Rapids, Michigan Amway Conference Center
Nov. 15-17, 2007
World Congress & Expo
on Disabilities
Washington, DC Washington Convention Center


Donald Saiontz is a cerebral palsy lawyer who investigates potential lawsuits nationwide for families of children with CP which may have been caused by a medical mistake at birth.  If you suspect that your child may have suffered a birth injury, request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine if compensation may be available.  There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child.


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