Cuevas Medek Exercise, or CME, is an early intervention technique that activates automatic motor responses in motor delayed and bio-mechanically challenged children. The therapy comprises over 3000 exercises that expose your child to gravity to activate automatic motor responses that eventually become ingrained in the child's brain. The Cuevas Medek Exercise technique was created and developed by Chilean physiotherapist Ramon Cuevas in 1972 and practiced worldwide with thousands of children.
CME techniques can be used on a child as early as three months old and continued until they can walk independently. These exercises don't require the child's active participation; distraction triggers their natural recovery instincts. Through repetition, they are likely to complete an action such as sitting, standing, and kneeling independently. CME can also help children with their learning ability, handwriting, grooming, and social skills.
Exercises typically start on a table where the therapist will physically manipulate the child to stretch out and retrain their muscles. Over time, the child will likely start gaining control of their core and trunk and facilitating independent movement through this process. Typically, when the child can stand with added ankle support, the therapist will move the exercise routine to the floor. Various equipment will challenge the child's sense of balance. The therapist will repeat the exercises until the brain reacts automatically so that the body retains balance.
The treatment works particularly well with children who have delays in their gross motor skills, including conditions such as down syndrome, hypotonia, and cerebral palsy. In fact, according to a 2016 study published in the Physical Education Sports and Kinetotherapy Journal, it was found that CME (or ‘Medek’ as it is also called) is more effective than other popular methods in rapidly increasing gains in the coordination of the extensor muscle groups and resulting in improved balance.
Our physiotherapists are trained in Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) therapy. It can be delivered on its own or combined with traditional physiotherapy techniques during regular appointments, or through an intensive model. Intensives comprise of one or more 60-minute sessions per day, five days per week, with a two-day break between each of the five successive days of treatment. Intensive weeks can be combined for up to four weeks in a row.