Rebound Therapy is the therapeutic use of a trampoline for people, it is not a gymnastic trampoline but is used to improve motor skills, balance, co-ordination & body awareness.
Its main aim is therapeutic and not sporting or competitive. It is not new, as trampolines have been used within special education since the 1950’s but sine about 1985 it has become more widely recognised, particularly in the file of learning disabilities.
Rebound Therapy can be used by people with a range of abilities, from those with mild learning disability to those with profound physical and learning disabilities, and challenging behaviour as there are a wide range of starting positions from lying through to standing also people can use a moulded beanbag.
All participants should have a written programme devised by a physiotherapist trained in Rebound Therapy.
- Safety is an issue high on the agenda and all participants should have parental / carer consent and have clearance of a health check list via their GP.
- There are only a few absolute contra-indications
- Atlanto – occipital instability and detaching retinas whilst other conditions are noted and taken into account whilst planning any treatment sessions.
- All Rebound groups operate to a recognised safety standard for the number of staff members in attendance and safety equipment used.
- Rebound Therapy should not be used in isolation, but should be integrated into weekly programmes and viewed as an adjunct to existing therapies. All participants wear loose clothing and remove any jewellery and loose items from pockets. Feet are protected by cotton socks. Some participants will leave on shoes and leg splints to enable them to move more easily around the trampoline. If wearing short-sleeved clothing elbows are protected by a tube grip covers. Safety belts are also worn.
- Increase cardio-respiratory output – beneficial for overweight individuals
- Increased or decreased muscle tone depending on techniques used.
- Increase tone via stimulating sensory systems i.e. skin, muscle, joints, and vestibular mechanisms.
- Decreased tone via gentle rhythmical shaking of muscle spindles.
- Facilitation of symmetrical movement or can be used to specifically target one side of an individual
- Stimulates balance and equilibrium reactions
- Promotes timing and anticipation
- Sitting astride a roll can mimic some benefits of horse riding which may benefit those unable to access a riding group or deemed too heavy to ride.
- Improves fitness and exercise tolerance in a controlled manner.
- Increase vocalisation and eye contact / attention
- Aids body awareness and positional confidence.