The Adeli suit, designed by the Russian space program for cosmonauts to maintain muscle tone in a weightless environment, it’s been modified to help people with cerebral palsy.
How it works: The form-fitting suit, equipped with adjustable, elastic bands, is designed to put the body in proper alignment. “It’s an interesting concept” says Dr. Edward Dabrowski, codirector of neurology and rehabilitation medicine at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “I affectionately call it a bungee cord suit. If a child has cerebral palsy and doesn’t have motor control, it acts as a restriction of where that limb will go.” Patients are then put through vigorous physical therapy to help “re-train” the brain to understand the signals from the correct movements of muscles.