Headpod is a revolutionary, dynamic system to help with inadequate head control combined with hypotonia of the neck and trunk. Those who benefit from this device include those with cerebral palsy, neurological diseases and syndromes or conditions causing hypotonia of the neck muscles.
Headpod: With & Without
The Headpod is a new dimension in the treatment of people who have inadequate head control. So far, head support has been achieved through mechanical restraints on the sides of the head or neck of the user. The concept of vertical, dynamic support of the head is completely new. With it, the head is kept upright while at the same time it gives the user effortless mobility This may improve their effectiveness in other activities.
Headpod: How does it work?
There is no neck traction, just vertical re-positioning that makes the spine’s cervical bones the main factor to support the weight of the head and neck. Meanwhile, the neck muscles work in a physiological upright position to keep the head aligned vertically with the torso spine. With Headpod, the neck muscles that raise the head act with less strength but more precisely and in a continuous and physiological way to keep the head properly upright and balanced. For the neck muscles responsible for rotation or lateral displacements, the device facilitates not just precision but much more action as well and can help build all neck muscles.
- Facilitates mobility and rotation of the head and building neck muscles.
- Facilitates feeding at mealtime.
- Helps prevent musculoskeletal deformities, contractures and pain associated with both.
- Allows for better visual interaction with surroundings.
- Allows user to have focused and balanced posture and more relaxed muscle tone with less dystonia.
- Allows for easier breathing, reducing complications such as respiratory failure, pneumonia, etc.
- Improves road transportation safety.
- Improves hand to eye coordination.
- Improves ergonomics and prevents injury to caregiving professionals.
There are three kits available. We will work with you to determine the solution that is best for your specific situation.
This kit is specifically designed for children with a head perimeter smaller than 47cm (18.5 inches). It includes a very small arc and a frontal strap for narrow foreheads, along with everything else that comes in the Headpod Standard Kit.
This kit includes:
- Adjustable arc
- Silicone frontal strap
- Occipital mesh
- One suspension arm
- Headrest chair adaptor
- Rigid backrest chair adaptor
- Universal adaptor
This kit is intended for use by professionals. It includes the same elements than in a Headpod Kit Standard plus extra frontal and occipital straps and a chin holder.
Headpod: Success Story
Skylar is a five-year-old boy who attends the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind. He was born at 28 weeks and weighed just 2lbs, 2 ounces. He has cerebral palsy and cannot hold his head up on his own.
“He is very intelligent, but he is restrained by his physical limitations,” says Jodie Hamilton, a teacher of the Early Childhood Special Needs Classroom and Department Head for Special Needs Department at the Idaho school.
She learned about the Headpod and thought it might help Skylar. “We’ve done neck collars that strap back to the chair and they’re pretty uncomfortable. I’m pretty far into the disability scene and work with therapists and never saw anything like it.”
Hamilton used funds from adoptaclassroom.org to purchase a Headpod. She says the first time Skylar used it was amazing. “He squealed and squealed and jumped around in his stander. His classmates said ‘Hi’ to him and that was huge.”
“His feet were going, his hands were going, and his head moving from side to side,” says his mother, Carol Kitt. “When he could see what he could do, he was so happy he could see. He was trying to get over to the other kids. It was awesome to see him holding his head up. It was very exciting. He has a wonderful smile.”
“He also has a cochlear implant, so when he is laying on his side he can’t hear,” Kitt continues. “By having his head up, he can hear and he can see.”
Hamilton explains how the Headpod can help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “The implications for Deaf kids are huge. He can see what peers are saying. The difference with this device is that there is more freedom and independence. There is less restriction than when he uses an uncomfortable head collar. He can’t wear those very long.”
Now, Skylar looks forward to getting to use the Headpod. “He gets excited and gets this big grin, a giant smile and a happy sigh,” says Hamilton.
His mother Carol sums it up best, “To have a little boy who is five and lays on the floor a lot because he can’t hold his head up, and then to find something that allows him to do that is amazing. Seeing him start using it and seeing the look on his face was very emotional and very exciting.”
We have seen some dramatic results from people who use the Headpod on a continuing basis. In some cases, those who use the device are able to hold their head up for longer periods of time as neck muscles strengthen through the use of this product.
Carine Lessard Fowler
Carlos del Pozo
Effects of a new dynamic head suspension device in feeding people with loss of head control
“Presenting the results of a research on the posture of five multi-disability subjects that were studied during feeding time. All of them had bad head control, comparing the basal position with the one obtained using the new head support device called Headpod. The results show the benefits that this new therapeutic tool can provide to both the users and caretakers.”