What Is Rebound Therapy?
If you’ve been considering disability trampolining for recreation and a form of therapeutic exercise, you might want to think about looking into rebound therapy, a specific type of trampoline therapy that delivers a huge range of benefits for anyone with special needs.
In fact, the therapy is one of the most popular activities for children with special needs attending SEN schools in the UK, as well as being a popular activity for disabled people of all ages.
In terms of benefits, rebound therapy has been found to strengthen limbs, aid relaxation, allow for freedom of movement, help with stamina and spatial awareness, support social awareness, improve balance, improve self-confidence, help with independence, improve muscle tone, support reaction speed… the list goes on!
Because of how the bed of the trampoline moves and the zero gravity you get mid-bounce, exercises can be done that improve bone and muscle strength, as well as improving movement patterns and helping bouncers to relax and get more used to changing direction.
Interestingly, the first recorded use of a trampoline-esque piece of apparatus for therapeutic purposes was back in the 19th century, when a French neurologist provided this kind of therapy for children with brain injuries using equipment that he dubbed ‘the Trampolino’.
While this kind of therapy does have all sorts of benefits associated with it for those with special needs, it’s also worth noting that rebound therapy is, first and foremost, a lot of fun! So if you’re considering how to get more exercise while supporting your particular set of needs and having a great time while doing it, rebound therapy could be the one for you!
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