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Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME)



 

CME (Cuevas MEDEK Exercise) or the Dynamic Method of Kinetic Stimulation (MEDEK) is a physical therapy approach created and developed by Chilean physiotherapist, Ramon Cuevas, in the 1970s, and has been refined over the past 40 years. Currently, the CME technique is not offered intensively in any other Australian clinic.

CME therapy is composed of more that 3000 exercises. Each exercise represents a particular biomechanical challenge for the child. CME exercises are designed to promote an active response. A totally avant-garde approach is inspired to provoke automatic motor responses in motor delayed children. We are seeing tremendous results using CME for early intervention. The technique can be used on children as young as three months, and can be continued until children reach certain height or weight limits.

CME focuses on:

  • Improving the gross motor skills of young children with physical disabilities and movement disorders from the age of three months and up.
  • Exposing the child to the natural influence of the force of gravity with gradual progression to distal support.
  • Provoking automatic postural reactions that contribute to the postural control needed for functional tasks.
  • Training movements that lead to sitting, standing, and walking.
  • During CME, the therapist physically manipulates the child to stretch out tight muscles and train the muscles in groups. These manipulations eventually lead to the child gaining control over his or her trunk and head, which is very necessary to perform basic gross motor activities such as sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Sessions begin on a treatment table, warming up and working on transition techniques, crawling and sitting positions. In general, the session moves down to the floor to work on standing, foot placement, walking, and balance control. Floor exercises involve seven pieces of equipment, which can be configured in various ways to challenge the child’s sense of balance. Exercises are repeated until the reaction of the brain becomes automatic and the body reacts normally to situations where it is required to keep its balance.

* The normal maximum weight is approx. 22-25kgs. Please contact us to discuss your child’s needs and we can advise if they may be a suitable candidate for CME.

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