What is Rebound Therapy?

Rebound Therapy utilizes trampolines for therapeutic exercise, recreation, and activities designed to benefit individuals with a range of exceptionalities. This innovative approach originated with Eddy Anderson, a headteacher with a therapy background, who introduced trampoline-based therapy for children with disabilities in 1969. In 1972, he established In 1997, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists working with Adults with a Learning Disability also embraced Rebound Therapy.

Today, Rebound Therapy is widely adopted in the UK for both children and adults with exceptional needs and is gaining international recognition. A testament to this global growth is the establishment of Rebound Therapy USA, dedicated to training practitioners in the United States.

Who is Rebound Therapy for?

Rebound Therapy is suitable for individuals of all ages with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. Some common conditions and disorders that participants may have include:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Down syndrome

  • Brain injury

  • Genetic conditions and disorders

  • Developmental coordination disorder

  • Gross motor delay

  • Muscular dystrophy & SMA

  • Hypotonia (low tone)

  • Hypertonia (high tone)

  • Sensory seeking behaviors

  • Toe walking

  • Hearing impairment

  • Visual impairment

  • Congenital disorders

  • Balance and vestibular disorders

Rebound Therapy can Help Develop and Improve:

  • Functional and recreational movement/freedom of movement

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Balance

  • Kinesthetic awareness

  • Proprioception

  • Coordination

  • Affect muscle tone

  • Clear secretions

  • Sensory integration

  • Cardiovascular fitness and exercise tolerance

  • Relaxation

  • Communication and speech skills

  • Timing ("keeping tempo")

  • Patience

  • Numeracy

  • Functional interdependence/age appropriate independence

  • Self-confidence

  • Reaction speed

  • Social skills

  • Self-image

  • Sense of achievement

  • Trust and confidence

  • Color recognition

  • Speech

  • Height and depth perception


Rebound Therapy also stimulates the digestive system, improves bowel function, internally massages organs, and clears toxins from the body.

Rebound Therapy is individualized and can be adapted for use in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, recreational therapy, trampolining/gymnastics… the list goes on.

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