Universal Exercise Unit 

Universal Exercise UnitUsing a system of pulleys and weights, treatments in the Universal
Exercise Unit isolate and strengthen specific muscles necessary to produce functional movement. The UEU allows therapists to facilitate strengthening of weak muscles while preventing compensatory use of other muscles.

Typical diagnoses benefiting from treatments in the UEU include:

  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Developmental Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Autism
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down Syndrome 
  • Stroke


  • Increases strength
  • Increases active and passive range of motion
  • Prevention of joint contractures
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Promotes motor learning and motor planning
  • Promotes developmental milestones
  • Improves vestibular functioning

Therapist with child in cageHow does it work?

The UEU uses a belt and bungee cords to provide dynamic assistance to maintain an upright position. It can allow a child or adult to stand without a therapist’s assistance, while allowing freedom of movement and facilitating balance. It is useful for learning to transition between positions, and to acquire the weight-shifts needed for functional movement. The goals of the exercises performed in the UEU are to improve functional skills such as sitting, crawling, and walking. It also helps improve balance, coordination, and sensory-motor integration.

For more information, please call the Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center at Maplecrest at: 563-421-3497