note that we are available on phone everyday from 14:30 pm, local time.
Motorikal NEW WEBSITE (Wordpress
platform) has just been launched. it will take some time to upload
the English page.
*The info in English is very brief at
the moment. We intend to translate more than 90 pages.
It will also take time.
Introducing 'Adaptive- Load' treatment method on
'Specialists Gallery' TV Program, 11\2004
(subtitles are available in English)
Can't see subtitles? Click
at the right side (button appears only during playback).
'Adaptive- Load' treatment method for obesity in children on "Diet from now on" TV
Motori-kal*: The Center for Motor disorders, Posture,
was established in 1997 by Eyal Tzioni. The center provides an innovative treatment
method for a wide spectrum of disorders that are a by-product of today's modern life.
As recently as 20
years ago, children spent
much of their free time playing
outdoors. Through outdoor play, children develop their motor skills, coordination,
balance, posture and general fitness. Outside,
physical play also helps children to develop socially. Today, however,
children spend more time indoors, engaged in sedentary activities.
As a result, there has been a significant decrease in the critical contributions
of motor activity and development.
many children today prefer to lounge in front of the television, or sit playing
computer games\ online smartphone games. This has diminished their overall level of physical
activity, causing a negative effect on their motor performance at school or
afternoon sports activities.
The far-reaching impact is seen in their
posture, social opportunities and their overall sense of well-being.
our goal is to give your children a chance to fulfill their potential and to let
them discover their talent in any sport, using our novel ‘Adaptive-Load’
treatment method developed byEyal Tzioni.
definition of Motori-kal in Hebrew reflects our philosophy. It means
overcoming a child's everyday motor challenges into an easy, pleasant
and positive experience.
We will provide children with the
tools to help them choose the kinds of physical activities they
are interested in and succeed in performing them.
relationship between ability & choice...
'My son doesn’t enjoy playing soccer.
He says that running endlessly after a stupid ball is boring. That's why he
prefers spending his time in front of the computer, he seems to enjoy it so much
more. Is there anything wrong with that?'
our research and clinical experience reveals that many children have gaps between
verbal IQ and low performance IQ. These children are quite bright
and very aware of their low motor ability as compared to their peers. They are
able to articulate various reasons for avoiding physical activity.
We believe that
physical capability gives a
child freedom to choose. In short, the real reason for a child’s
avoidance is an inability to make a choice.
Normally, a child with the physical abilities...
Parents can help their children
to acquire coordination and sports skills. When children have the
necessary physical skills to participate in games, they will have the
freedom to choose which games to play. The child
will no longer feel the need to avoid joining in a game. That ability
gives the child freedom to make a choice, and it is the parent's obligation to enable
their child to acquire various sports skills, improve their coordination, etc.
The child can then choose between playing basketball, soccer, tennis or any
other team game. The choice will be made among many defaults, avoidance not being one of them. If the child prefers to stay home and
watch television, it's a legitimate choice (maybe he's tired at that moment and
doesn't wish to play outside...).
About our unique
‘Adaptive-Load’ treatment method:
began to develop his novel and creative treatment method after
discovering a lack of existing appropriate treatment tools available to
physical and occupational therapists.
Eyal’s treatment method is based on scientific principles in
anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics and physics. He was
determined to create the finest tools for giving some hope to so many
children and adolescents who feel or are labeled clumsy, weak, or even
disabled. These children often suffer from low self-esteem and
poor body image because they are rejected by their peer group.
The ‘Adaptive-Load’ treatment method is composed of four main elements:
1. Novel exercises for muscular strength and endurance (without
using weights!) for gross\ fine motor disorders due to muscle weakness
and Hypotonia (low muscle tone), building muscles (every muscles group), supporting posture
(body alignment), and raising B.M.R (basal metabolic rate), in obese
children. The exercises are safe and use manual resistance applied by
the therapist. Your child will work hard but have fun, seeing results
after just a few treatment sessions! (Demonstrations are provided for
parents before commencing work with the child…).
2. As a clinical practitioner, Eyal has developed more than
3,000 new and exciting exercises to improve every component of motor
function, including; coordination (see next title for
details..), balance, motor planning, spatial organization, sensory-motor
integration, tactile (touch) and movement sensation, movement isolation,
crossing midline and many others. Dozens of them were designed for
children who can't hop or jump (due to various reasons, such as
hypotonia and pronated feet*, poor balance or poor coordination).
Hopping and jumping according to our philosophy, are considered
a Critical key for acquiring some fundamental motor skills, such
as galloping, skipping, running, jump rope and others (skills that have
a huge contribution to emotional, social, cognitive and motor
development, and an overall sense of well being...).
years old hypotonic
child, with Pronated feet (noticeable), and
consequent difficulty to jump,
hop etc. (alignment of Achilles tendon is marked. normal alignment is
for a comprehensive exercise in 'AL' method, which serves many
psycho-motor interests such as: Balance, leg-eye (double)
coordination, movement isolation (one hand is mobile while the
other remains fixed), arm-leg (the one wearing the
stilt) coordination , motor planning, spatial organization,
movement sensation in holding the 'ice-cream' without letting
the ball fall down, as well as the need to lift each foot to
a different height (because only one foot is wearing the stilt..),
muscle co-contraction and others... (we've marked the stick in
the lower photo, just to make it more visible to you).
3. Children will quickly acquire skills using a unique, multidimensional
approach. Exercises incorporate a variety of activities used in
daily life (such as shoe tying) as well as sports skills such as: bouncing a
ball, jumping rope,
teaching children bicycle riding
(click to watch a video clip), rollerblading, as well as, improving
fundamental motor skills like running, galloping, hopping, skipping and
Teaching jump rop: 5
years old Amit (the boy) and Tamar (the girl) show a remarkable
performance after acquisition of jump rope in the most professional and
4. Acquiring new unfamiliar posture habits
(using novel exercises), especially for computer
kids, who spend hours each day slouching in front of a computer,
smartphone or TV.
Treating 12 years old
girl, who suffers from kyphosis (hunchback) and very poor body
awareness (using 'Adaptive-Load' tools). Treatment focuses on
both thoracic spine and cervical spine (chest and neck)
Left photo: 14 years old boy
with poor posture\ kyphosis Right photo: Same boy, after a short treatment period (just
few months) at Motorikal, demonstratting a new pattern of body
alignment while standing. This boy is now able to maintain an
upright posture easily and naturally for a long period of time.
Left photo: a 36 years old
high-tech patient, with structural kyphosis (chest and neck) and
asymmetrical standing, accompanied by degenerative changes in the
vertebral column and intervertebral discs (lumbar disk herniation)
and leg numbness. These all made it difficult to perform basic
and essential functions such as standing , walking, sitting and even
sleeping (paraesthesia during sleep). The clear asymmetrical
postural alignment in this photo (center of gravity and weight
loading shift to the left side) accompanied her for a long time and
was forced on her mainly due to a significant back pain when trying
to maintain an upright posture.
Right photo: Same patient, during treatment period (just
five months from the begining) at Motorikal, demonstratting a new,
IMPROVED pattern of body
alignment while standing. all symptoms mentionned above where gone.
note: The woman described above, like many of our patients, had been
previously treated with Physical Therapy and Acupuncture (treatment by
these disciplines focused primarily on symptoms\ pain and did not
achieve significant postural change).
In addition to a huge variety of the finest
treatment tools, Adaptive Load method development has
contributed some significant insights, based on
scientific research combined with rich clinical
experience, to physical therapy\ occupational therapy.
Some of the findings were presented in Eyal's article published in the Israeli
Journal of Pediatrics.
Among our new findings:
1. New rationale for treatment of DCD in children
(alongside criticism of the conservative treatment of
physiotherapy and occupational therapy) and a window of opportunity which remains open to a relatively older age
Treatment of DCD in
Motori-kal is integrated and compound of 3 main
for children, with respect to its various
components, using a huge variety of original,
sophisticated, creative and fun tools.
Learning sports and
movement skills (including daily skills), with a new
scientific approach to motor learning,
Muscle strengthening for
children, also with innovative approach and
2. Direct relationship between the presence of
Pronated feet and consequently the difficulty in getting off the ground (e.g. to
hop, skip etc.) and sometimes even balance disorders. critical importance in enabling the child acquire
these fundamental skills in early childhood, and a variety of
innovative, remarkable treatment tools developed even for children with
severe Pronated feet!
3. Still about Pronated
feet, we found a strong relation between the extent of
difficulty in maintaining balance, and the level of
difficulty to hop. Therefore, when we improve the
ability to hop (while using a proper movement patterns) we
also reach a significant improvement in balance (double
profit). According to our scientific perception, when a
child with Pronated feet hops, runs or skips using a
proper movement patterns, he recruits and strengthen
important muscle groups such as Tibialis posterior,
muscles that will play an important biomechanical role
in maintaining balance.
4. Integrative approach (a real
breakthrough) in treatment of Obesity in children
(Physiological, Postural & Motor aspects, all combined
5. New, systematic approach for treatment of Hypotonia in children (Benign
6.New rationale for effective
motor learning: Learning in a hierarchical, multi-dimensional approach,
using advanced tools which give the therapist the capacity to teach
a wide variety of skills within treatment of children with
severe clumsiness, combined with ADHD.
7. New perception regarding Muscle strengthening.
We offer innovative and finest tools for strengthening
each muscle or muscle group, in the fastest and safest
8. Innovative treatment for ADHD
practical meaning for 'Motor Working Memory' concept,
in children and adolescents. Treatment uses hundreds of
exercises that are fun and challenging, which develop in
addition to Working Memory, a set of Executive
Functions (planning and organizing in space, self monitoring,
problem solving and more...).
9. New concept, 'Postural
has developed dozens of exercises to improve Postural
coordination and allow better understanding of what
ideal posture really means for children
and adolescents with poor posture\ faulty posture
We also found a strong
relation between a poor motor coordination in children and a poor
postural coordination. That is to say, that DCD
children may find it harder to organize for (plan ahead) or
achieve correct posture.
More new findings will be
published soon (The full list is available in Hebrew at
this time). Please use Google Translate to view the
full list at This
Coordination is the name
of the game. Physical coordination is indeed, a part of almost every
function of our daily lives, and one that most of us take as for
granted. For example, slamming the car door without getting your
other hand caught, climbing up the stairs while glancing at your watch
or reading a text message on your cell phone without losing balance,
Let us surprise your children, (and you),
and challenge them with hundreds of unique coordination
exercises, developed and chosen just for them, to improve all
aspects of their coordination, while having fun.
The coordination exercises we offer have many advantages:
·Exercises are very challenging.
·Exercises are novel.
Your child has never tried them before...
·Variety of tasks with a
gradual increase in the level of difficulty gives your children a constant sense of success, keeping
them motivated and focused. Each exercise is constructed so that
even kids with severe motor disorders can benefit.
·Exercises serve all
aspects of coordination, including bilateral integration, hand-eye
coordination, timing, dexterity etc.
·Exercises are oriented
towards ball games, so that children will not only improve their
coordination, but gradually perform better in basketball,
·The equipment used in
the clinic is readily available (balls, ropes etc.). Children are encouraged
to practice at home also.
offer a wide variety of high quality exercises, that enable us to
give your child uncompromised professional treatment, at the highest
Six years old Assaf, shows an excellent balance,
leg-eye coordination, hand-eye coordination, bouncing
movement isolation, muscle co-contraction: a well tuned orchestra!!
Major fields of
intervention in Motori-Kal:
Muscle weakness (including Hypotonia\ BCH)
in any body part or any muscle group (including shoulder girdle,
back muscles, thighs, abdominals etc.).
while performing simple tasks requiring some effort, (heavy
breathing or suffering from muscle soreness after short runs or
Poor motor planning:
performing tasks slowly, difficulty with object manipulation,
monotonous and ineffective body usage in movement tasks and constant
need of intervention...
Clumsiness (DCD- Developmental Coordination
Disorder): being accident prone, poor
performance of daily tasks (gross\ fine motor), poor movement
isolation, avoid crossing midline, balance difficulty and others...
Poor spatial orientation & organization
(directions in space, laterality, motor planning regarding the
Avoidance of using playground structures
and preferring to watch from the sidelines.
Fear of a ball
and\or choosing to be a goalie (goal keeper) or referee (as a
constant default), or avoiding participation in ball games at school
and after school, because of poor bilateral integration (hands
coordination), hand-eye coordination, motor timing etc.
Preference to find a secure shelter in front of
the computer\ television etc., rather
than 'taking the risk' of playing outdoors with friends.
Poor body image and low self esteem,
feeling inferior compared to peer group...
Fine motor disorders:
poor handwriting, pencil grip, cutting, threading beads...
such as kyphosis, (hunchback), Lordosis and swayback.
Orthopedic problems\ disorders
such as knocked knees, hyperextended knee, toe in position\ toe out
position, short achilles tendon, pronared feet, flatfoot and many
Obesity (a result
of low activity level, low body metabolism, low overall muscle
ADHD\ ADD children,
with difficulties in Executive Functions: self management, decision
making, time management, self regulation, ability to ignore
irrelevant variables or distracting factors, ability to maintain
attention, short attention span.
Coachingchildren without any (organic) disability, who want to improve
in sports and improve their
Teaching various sports skills
like: bouncing a ball, jumping rope,
(click to watch a video clip), rollerblading, as well as, improving
or teaching fundamental motor skills like running, galloping,
hopping, skipping and many others... Teaching ADL skills like
how to tie shoes and others...
For further information about our treatment method,
fields of intervention or to arrange a lecture (local or abroad) or any
other requirement, please do not hesitate to contact Eyal Tzioni at:
+972 54 44 66 848 (usually from 13:00 pm, local Israeli
Address: Motori-kal clinic is located
in Ra'anana (Israel) at 2nd Ha'Tikva st. (kir'yat sharate neighborhood).
Home visit service is also available in Tel Aviv District
(with an additional fee, and depending on availability...)
About Eyal Tzioni:
about to begin his Phd. Studies (University of Haifa), based on his treatment method.
degree in Learning Disabilities (Graduation cum laude), University of
was awarded a scholarship for his study dealing with Hypotonia (benign
congenital hypotonia) in school age children ('Fine motor learning ability of
school age children diagnosed in infancy as BCH' ), and presented his findings
in two important conferences: 1. (Lecture) The Annual Conference of the Israeli
Association for Child Development & Rehabilitation (Haifa, 2004), 2. (Poster
session) ISPGR* Conference (*International Society for Postural and Gait
Research) (Marseille, France 2005).
click here to view the poster presented (using Adobe Acrobat reader)
·Diploma in Normal Child Development at
Infancy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine,
Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
·B.A. with two Specialties: Motor & Posture disorders among
children and adolescents.
Sports Medicine Department of Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport
Sciences (Wingate) Israel.
·Diploma in Basketball Coaching, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport
Sciences (Wingate) Israel.
Eyal's professional experience:
a novel and exclusive treatment method
('Adaptive-Load') with a clear scientific
rationale, for a wide spectrum of motor disorders, posture and obesity among
children and adolescents. Pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, physical
occupational therapists and others have adopted his method…
·Treated hundreds of children, and adolescents with motor
disorders, posture disorder and obesity using his exclusive tools.
on his treatment method at the Zinman College of Physical Education
and Sport Sciences (Wingate) Israel.
·Initiated a program of instruction, especially
designed for therapists with
related specialties (i.e. occupational therapists, physical therapists
etc.), physical education teachers and others..
· Lectures on his method and the link between motor disorders and learning
disabilities, to pediatricians, physical therapists, occupational
therapists, psychologists, kindergarten teachers and other
· Wrote articles
and newspaper columns (in Hebrew, which appear online at this website) about
various issues in child development.
and built the Motori-kal Website, with articles, media files and more…
example for children by being active in sports (including competitive
running, bike riding, rollerblading
and basketball). He hopes this will inspire and challenge them to get active too.
an important key to success. Eyal sets a good example for children...