A deep pressure massager for sensory integration, the Wilbarger Therapressure Brush is made keeping in mind the Wilbarger Protocol. Aid for people exhibiting symptoms of sensory defensiveness, and also helpful for those facing autism, the Wilbarger Therapressure Brush helps improve attention span, enhanced coordination, and the ability to switch between daily activities.
The Wilbarger Therapressure Brush is a soft sensory brush which is run over the person’s skin using firm pressure. Proper care has to be taken while using the Wilbarger Therapressure Brush; the brush has to be used only on the arms and legs of the person.
Designed with a large handle and dense bristles, the brush is easy to use, and administers sensory input in a calming manner.
If your loved one exhibits sensory defensiveness or signs of autism, help them get a sense of relief and growth using this Wilbarger Therapressure Brush. Autism also includes behavioural and communication problems as well; this Therapressure Brush helps reduce sensory disorders, anxiety issues, and related behavioural issues.
People with extreme sensitivity to touch, or children with autism often need help with anxiety and sensory defensiveness. The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol helps with sensory integration. The brush can be used to run over the skin and helps calm the child. Designed with a large handle and dense bristles, the brush is easy to use, and gives sensory input in a calming manner.
Used for years to help people with a sensory processing disorder, autism, and tactile challenges
Used for children who are sensitive to touch
Great for those who enjoy brushing and deep pressure touch
A therapeutic combination of deep pressure and tactile stimulation to help self regulate, calm down and focus
Use in brushing therapy program to decrease tactile defensiveness
The Wilbarger Protocol (also referred to as brushing therapy) involves brushing the body with a small surgical brush throughout the day.
People who exhibit symptoms of tactile defensiveness are extremely sensitive to touch. They often fear or resist being touched, have difficulty transitioning between activities, and maybe lethargic.
This therapy was developed by Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA.
The complete protocol usually takes 2-3 minutes to administer.
The first step involves using a Therapressure Brush which is run over the child's skin, using very firm pressure; it is like a deep pressure massage. Brushing starts at the arms and works down to the feet.
The face, chest, and stomach area are never brushed because these are very sensitive areas. Brushing these areas may cause adverse reactions including vomiting.
Many parents of children with autism have reported seeing decreases in sensory defensiveness and anxiety as a result of using this technique.
How to use the Wilbarger Therapressure Brush?
Objective: To normalize sensory processing within the person using the Therapressure Brush.
The Wilbarger Therapressure Brush is used in consonance to the Wilbarger Protocol. The brushing therapy is usually recommended every 2 hours while the person is awake.
The Wilbarger Protocol is a deep pressure technique used with people exhibiting symptoms of sensory defensiveness.
Use the Wilbarger Brush with a firm but even pressure. Do not sweep the brush.
If you are using the brush over clothing & not directly over the skin, you might want to increase the pressure a bit (use more pressure than you would when using directly over the skin).
The Wilbarger Brush should be used only on the recommendation of a therapist (generally an occupational therapist). The therapist might also prescribe joint compression movements be done immediately post the Wilbarger Protocol.
Remember: Do not use the brush over the person's spinal cord, face, neck, chest & other sensitive areas.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the brushing technique?
Wilbarger Protocol, also known as the brushing technique, is usually a part of a sensory integration program for people exhibiting symptoms of sensory defensiveness.
Can the brush be used for adults?
Yes. The Wilbarger Therapressure Brush can be used to apply pressure techniques on kids & adults alike.
Is the Wilbarger brush portable?
Yes. Owing to its compact size, Wilbarger Therapressure Brush can be carried everywhere without any inconvenience.
Is the handle of the brush removable?
No. The handle of the Wilbarger Therapressure Brush is made of solid plastic & is non- removable.
Does the brush work on battery or electricity?
No. The therapressure brush can only be used manually to administer pressure.