The development and use of SPIO Lycra compression bracing in children with neuromotor deficits

Pediatr Rehabil. Apr-Jun 1997;1(2):109-16. doi: 10.3109/17518429709025853.


The use of flexible compression bracing in persons with neuromotor deficits offers improved possibilities for stability and movement control without severely limiting joint movement options. At the Children's Therapy Center in Kent, Washington, this treatment modality has been explored with increasing application in children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy and other neuromotor deficits over the past 6 years, with good success. Significant functional improvements using Neoprene shoulder/trunk/hip Bracing led us to experiment with much lighter compression materials. The stabilizing pressure input orthosis or SPIO bracing system (developed by Cheryl Allen, parent and Chief Designer, and Nancy Hylton, PT) is custom-fitted to the stability, movement control and sensory deficit needs of a specific individual. SPIO bracing developed for a specific child has often become part of a rapidly increasing group of flexible bracing options which appear to provide an improved base of support for functional gains in balance, dynamic stability, general and specific movement control with improved postural and muscle readiness. Both deep sensory and subtle biomechanical factors may account for the functional changes observed. This article discusses the development and current use of flexible compression SPIO bracing in this area.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bandages*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Braces*
  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation
  • Child
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Joints / physiology
  • Locomotion / physiology
  • Male
  • Movement / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Neoprene
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Pliability
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Posture / physiology
  • Pressure
  • Proprioception / physiology
  • Sensation Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Textiles*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Neoprene