What is Weighted Therapy?

A little about weighted therapy.

What products do & why they can help- 

The proprioceptive sense gives us information about our body’s position and movement via receptors on the skin, in the muscles, joints and ligaments. Those with a poor proprioceptive sense have difficulty interpreting these sensations often resulting in behaviours that give them sensory feedback – for example jumping on a trampoline, chewing, spinning, flapping, running etc with seemingly limitless reserves of energy! They can have difficulty switching off and usually do not sleep well at night. These “sensory seeking” behaviours can be calmed and controlled by the use of weighted therapy.

 

Weighted therapy is the use of weighted products to apply weight and deep touch pressure (surface pressure) to the body stimulating the proprioceptive sense enabling those who are “sensory seeking” to relax, focus and have a greater awareness of their body.  This deep pressure can be applied by the use of weighted blankets, weighted lap pads or weighted vests etc. This can help improve sleep, aid focus and concentration, ease transitions and help prevent meltdowns 

 

Weighted therapy is becoming widely recommended in the UK by Paediatricians and Occupational Therapists who work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Retts syndrome, Downs syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder.

 

It is widely used as a safe and effective treatment for sensory integration and has been recommended and safely used in schools, hospitals & at home 

 

Weighted Therapy can benefit those who:

 

ï    have difficulty unwinding, relaxing and sleeping

ï    have a short attention span and are easily distracted

ï    show tactile sensitivity – i.e. a need to touch everything or are resistant to touch 

ï    have a poor awareness of their body or body position 

ï    display self-stimulatory behaviour such as rocking, flapping, twirling, toe walking or chewing 

 

Please speak to your Occupational Therapist or Health Professionals for advice on suitability before purchasing a weighted therapy product.