Application and operation
It is used primarily in the treatment of psychophysical disorders such as sensory integration disorders, autism, Asperger's syndrome, Down's syndrome, and ADHD. Increasingly, it is also used every day to rest or sleep by people suffering from permanent stress, insomnia or burnout.
The quilt gently presses on the human body and stimulates the vestibulo-proprioceptive system, responsible for deep feeling (sense of orientation in the position of your own body). The receptors of this system are found in muscles and tendons. It is thanks to them that we know how our limbs are arranged. The heavy quilt stimulates the proprioreceptors, making the person more aware of their body. The therapeutic blanket also improves focus and concentration, relaxes, calms down, reduces self-stimulating behavior and helps to combat anxiety and uncertainty.
Materials and maintenance
The therapeutic blanket is usually made of certified natural materials and does not cause allergic reactions. The duvet is not stiffened, it will adjust freely to the shape of the child's body, which is why it is so important to choose the right size. The weighted blanket can be used for sleeping at night, just like a regular bedding quilt. In order to obtain the best results, it is also recommended to cover it, for example during an afternoon nap, watching TV, reading, table work or when the child rests normally "under a blanket". The therapeutic quilt can be washed in water, but we recommend hand washing to avoid damaging the washing machine in particular, especially if the quilt is heavy. Unfolded drying is suggested. Using a washing machine or tumble dryer for quilt maintenance should be carried out with the use of precautionary measures and programs for delicate clothes, at low speed. The simplest solution, however, will be to use a pillowcase, because it can be easily removed, washed in the washing machine, ensuring proper hygiene of the duvet. Quilt covers and pillows are also available in our store in the "Textiles and bedding" section. When choosing a color, we must first of all provide the user with full psychological comfort, and at the same time encourage them to use it regularly. Due to its functions and properties, the selection of the appropriate load depends on several factors. A properly filled weighted blanket will have a positive effect on the receptors and will not cause too much pressure.
- Fill weight - 10 to 15% of body weight is the most commonly recommended weight. A duvet bought after another child may no longer be suitable. For example, a blanket that is too heavy will stimulate the baby's receptors too much, thus giving an effect completely opposite to the intended one. However, too light - it will not work.
- The size of the quilt should be adjusted to the child's height. The optimal solution is to buy a duvet that is approx. 20-30 cm more than the child's height, so that you can freely cover his legs during sleep. For example, a 100x150 cm blanket will be suitable for a child measuring 110-120 cm.
- The best basic material for a therapeutic quilt is cotton. The material should be airy and have the appropriate certificates.
- The use of a specific quilt filling defines its effect on the body.
Each quilt is weighted with quilted fabric - most often squares measuring 10 x 10 cm. A filling is placed in the resulting chambers.
Glass granules - resembles sand. The most universal filling and the most frequently chosen by users. The blanket filled with it is suitable both for therapeutic applications as well as for everyday private use. Glass granulate is a completely safe filling, odorless and very delicate. Despite its dangerous-sounding name, it poses no threat.
Natural gravel - small pebbles with a diameter of 2 to 4 mm. A therapeutic blanket filled with it is widely used in therapeutic facilities or during home exercises - rolling, wrapping, massaging. Litter, in addition to weighting the body, additionally stimulates the senses of touch and hearing (makes delicate sounds when moving the duvet), helping in the treatment of sensory integration disorders.
Weighted blankets are a great tool complementing systematic therapy. Their use is in itself a form of sensory therapy, so it will be an additional help in case of various types of psychophysical disorders. In addition, the sensory blanket can also be used by adults who are stressed, "burned out", do not sleep well or feel tired when waking up in the morning. The weighted blanket has a positive effect on the quality of sleep and rest. Following the basic rules of using heavy duvets will certainly improve the quality of sleep.