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Vojta therapy

Based on the findings of development kinesiology and development neurology.

Vojta therapy = Reflex locomotion is activating system of the whole body. Its kinesiologic contents and muscle interplay are similar to body posture models in the motor ontogeny. They lead to upright walking. They can be used in motor rehabilitation of patients of all ages, even for infants.

Global models of body posture and movement in the motor ontogeny are contained and simultaneously appear in reflex locomotion:

  • automatic regulation of body posture
  • uprighting mechanisms
  • phasical movement

The coordination complex of the reflex locomotion consists of reflex crawling and reflex rolling. The concept of the reflex in reflex locomotion means that certain stimuli can induce motor activity, the effect of which is to move forward.

Kineziologic contents of reflex locomotion, which includes reflex crawling and reflex rolling, are available in the CNS as a global motor models. They are congenital and exist independently of age. Because they can be induced, they are used as a treatment of musculoskeletal system.

Rehabilitation of children:

The intensity of the therapy is individual according to age and condition of the patient. The parents or caregivers perform the therapy at home several times a day, instructed by a physiotherapist. The length of one exercise unit is about five to twenty minutes, depending on the age of the child.

Rehabilitation of adults:

The goal of therapy for adults with CP is to palliate and maintain existing physical functions. It depends on their age, type of disability and vitality. Another person instructed by a physiotherapist is required for home therapy. Dosage is individual.

Indications:

  • CP cerebral palsy 

  • CCD central coordination disturbance

  • hip joint dysplasia and dislocation

  • conditions after cerebrovascular accident (CVA) - stroke

  • multiple sclerosis

  • post-traumatic conditions, including spine and spinal cord injury

  • spina bifida

  • abnormal, asymmetrical head or neck position (=torticollis)

  • peripheral paralysis of arms and legs

  • other neurological disorders

  • inflammation of tissue around a joint (periarthritis)

  • arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC)

  • congenital talipes equinovarus (club-foot)

  • spinal scoliosis

  • poor posture in children and adults

  • vertebrogenic problems –muscle strains

  • headaches - structural problems with muscles and joints of cervical spine

  • problems with breathing, swallowing and chewing functions

Contraindications:

  • acute fever conditions 
  • inflammatory and diarrhoeal illness

  • 5-7 days after vaccinations

  • autism

  • children and adults with mental problems

  • pregnancy in patients