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 ReboundTherapy.org. 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.
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:
Autism spectrum disorder
Genetic conditions and disorders
Developmental coordination disorder
Gross motor delay
Muscular dystrophy & SMA
Hypotonia (low tone)
Hypertonia (high tone)
Sensory seeking behaviors
Balance and vestibular disorders
Functional and recreational movement/freedom of movement
Affect muscle tone
Cardiovascular fitness and exercise tolerance
Communication and speech skills
Timing ("keeping tempo")
Functional interdependence/age appropriate independence
Sense of achievement
Trust and confidence
Height and depth perception
FUN and ENJOYMENT
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.