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HAPPY STRAP

WHAT IS HAPPY STRAP?

Happy Strap is a EU Class one Medical device that aids children with hypotonia (low muscle tone) to assist the control of ligament laxity and joint flexibility in the hips (poor pelvic stability).

Happy Strap limits excessive hip abduction and therefore limits reliance on solely saggital plane movement when transferring from one postion to another. This in turn encourages the developmetn of musculature that enables movement in frontal and transverse planes.

Happy Strap can be worn when sleeping, counteracts any tendency of the legs to “splay”.

Happy Strap

Happy Strap TM, can be worn either over or under clothing day and night.

BEFORE

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A child with hypotonia would typically sit this position - with legs splayed at a wide angle

AFTER

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With the Happy Strap, the angle is greatly reduced to normal sitting position

WHAT IS HYPOTONIA?

Hypotonia is commonly found in children with Down Syndrome and children with Athetosis. However there many other conditions responsible for hypotonia (both congenital and acquired) (see attached brochure).

Hypotonia is not a specific medical disorder, but a potential manisfestation of many different diseases and disorders that affect motor nerve control by the brain or or muscle strength (see etiology section).

Recognizing hypotonia, even in early infancy, is usually relatively straightforward, but diagnosing the underlying cause can be difficult and often unsuccessful.

The long term effects of hypotonia on a child´s development and later life depend primarily on the severity of the muscle weakness and the nature of the cause. Some disorders have a specific treatment but the principal treatment for the most hypotonia of idiopathic or neurologic cause is physical therapy and /or occupational therapy to help the person compensate for the neuromuscular disability.

For more specific information, please download attached brochure.

WHAT SIZES EXIST FOR HAPPY STRAP?

Happy strap is offered in four (4) sizes depending on the thigh circumference of the child.

The approximate age outlined below is based on the average size of a normal child.

Age Size Mid-Thigh Circumference Colors Colors
0 to 12 months Extra Smallxx «24 cm/9,4 ins Pale Pink Pale Blue
12 to 36 months Small «27 cm/10,6 ins Purple Orange
36 to 60 months Medium «35 cm/13,7 ins Teal Greenx Magneta
60 to 96 months Large «43 cm/16,9 ins Purple
This video demonstrates the effectiveness of the Happy Strap in countering hypotonia in infants & children.
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other video on Youtube