Neoprene (used in most compression vests) is often found to be hot and can absorb perspiration, so not ideal for multiple wearers.
The OTvest applies deep pressure through evenly distributed weights that lie across the upper back and high on the upper chest. This strategic weight placement has the additional benefit of increasing trunk stability and body position awareness (kinesthetic awareness). The OTvest can be worn over lightweight clothing or heavier hoodies (allowing head to be covered if that is the wearer’s preference to help block distractions), for example. The snap closure makes it easy to remove. The armholes are cut for airflow, and the cotton fabric is breathable. The OTvest is not tight-fitting and doesn’t readily absorb perspiration. The weight insert can be easily wiped down if necessary—so often preferred in school settings for use by multiple wearers, as well as for the budget economy of holding up through many, many years of daily wear.
It is often preference of what works best for meeting the needs of the wearer.
Physics for one!
Other weighted vests usually need more weight to be effective as the weights are pulling down on the garment, because the weights are sewn into hems or pockets in the garment. It is a law of physics that pressing down applies pressure more effectively than pulling down-as in the OTvest—thus allowing the OTvest to require less weight to be effective than other weighted vests on the market. Where the weights are placed is very important to the effectiveness of a weighted garment. The wearer’s own body supports the strategically placed weight in the OTvest. Other weighted garments have weights sewn into pockets or hems in the garment –where they are supported by the garment, rather than the wearer’s own body. In other weighted vests, the weights often rest on the stomach or lap when seated, defeating the purpose of the weights.
Other weighted garments have many weight packets that go in pockets, allowing for the weights to fall out, get lost or played with. They often use tiny steel pellets or sand that fall from seams of the weight pouches, which could be slipped upon.
The OTvest eliminates weight packet clutter and applies effective design simplicity. The strategically positioned weights are contained through quilting into a detachable, ONE-piece weight, yoke-type insert. The weights are made of dense, flat steel to eliminate bulk. The weights are calibrated to the weight of the wearer, eliminating the guesswork of how much weight is necessary, and the falling out, losing and playing with of weight packets.
The OTvest is a very high quality, well made garment that lasts many, many years of daily wear so that it is economical for those on a budget.
Ms. VandenBerg, (occupational therapist and creator of the OTvest), initially used 5% of the wearer’s body weight in her published research study (AJOT), as therapists at the time were using even up to 10% of a wearer’s body weight. After publication, she continued her research and found there was an even BETTER weight placement design than that utilized previously. Thus, she developed and patented the OTvest because not as much weight is needed when the weight is strategically placed.
According to the laws of physics, less weight is needed when it is applied pressure—pushing down (as in the OTvest)– as opposed to weight that is pulling down or uses gravity to produce pressure (as in garments where the weights hang in garment pockets/hems, etc.). One could remove the weight insert in the OTvest and place it upon one’s body, as it is not dependent upon the garment to support the weights. In the OTvest, the weight presses down and is supported upon the body itself, not just pulling down inside of pockets or hems.
The effective amount of weight in the OTvest is calibrated according to the wearer’s own weight for each size. The average weight in the OTvest patented weight insert is 5% of the wearer’s body weight, with a standard deviation of +-3% among all seven of the sizes. More weight is sometimes recommended by therapists because they are accustomed to weighted garments where the weights are hanging inside of pockets or sewn into the body of the garment—pulling down or using gravity—requiring more weight (than the OTvest) to have any effectiveness. The OTvest uses the law of physics where pushing down directly onto the body requires less weight than pulling down.
For movement disorders, balance and trunk stability, the OTvest should be worn for tasks when optimum function and increased motor control is desired, which may be even for several hours. Removal times can be incorporated if there are any signs of increased fatigue. Everyone is different, and the guidance of a physical or occupational therapist is important, in addition to taking the OTvest off and on as fitting one’s needs and feedback from one’s own body. The OTvest can be put on for about 30-60 minutes prior to bedtime for improving sleep.
The OTvest should be worn in a practical, functional way—such as wearing it to a library class or circle time and worn back before it is removed, so that it does not get lost or left behind. An activity should not be interrupted to remove the OTvest, but rather, allow the individual to complete the activity (when attention and focus are the goal), also helping to learn to complete an activity.
Observation of the wearer is important, so that if they appear to be getting accustomed to the weight and the effectiveness diminishing (when focus is a goal, for example), than putting the OTvest on for about a 30-45 minute activity block, and then removing it for approximately the same amount of time might be beneficial. Building up to wearing the OTvest might be necessary—starting at shorter time increments and building up to the entire 50-minute library period, etc. Determining which times during the day, transitions, or activities present the most challenge to the wearer is important so that the OTvest can be utilized during those times—such as when first arriving at school or work or after recess, or during a particular time that is harder to be calm and focused, and prior to bedtime.
The OTvest is generally shipped within 2-3 days of receiving an order, with delivery in 2-3 days after it is mailed (within the United States). International deliveries can take 6-10 business days.
Return for a refund within 60 days or exchange for a different size.
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Copyright OTvest, LLC Nancy VandenBerg, MS, OTR 2016
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