Promoting neuroplasticity with continuous passive motion

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The human brain possesses a remarkable ability to adapt and reorganize itself in response to neurological damage or degenerative conditions . This capacity for change, known as neuroplasticity, is central to the brain’s resilience and its role in memory formation and learning. Initially believed to be active during early childhood development, it is now recognized that neuroplasticity is an ongoing process that endures throughout one’s lifetime. This discovery has revolutionized our approach to treating brain damage and related conditions. Among various rehabilitation techniques, Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) has emerged as a promising approach to enhance motor function and promote neuroplasticity in individuals with various neurological conditions.

New Discoveries
In recent research, scientists have uncovered the innate ability of the nervous system to repair itself following damage. Regardless of the cause, be it a stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or other neurodegenerative diseases, the brain’s recovery hinges on its adaptability and ability to reorganize. This remarkable process, neuroplasticity, allows us to respond to external stimuli, adapt to various experiences, form memories, and acquire new skills. The integration of cutting-edge robotic-assisted therapy devices has shown promise in promoting neuroplasticity and improving overall motor function across various neurological conditions.

New Research
A recent article published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy reinforces the potential of robotic-assisted therapy. This practice guideline highlights a substantial body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of these devices in improving walking function through task-specific locomotor practice. This evidence pertains not only to patients with spinal cord injuries but also extends to those with traumatic brain injuries and strokes. While further research is recommended to explore potential confounding variables and optimize these technologies’ application, the overall evidence is clear: novel neurorehabilitation devices have the potential to significantly enhance cognitive function and subsequent motor function in patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

Other Benefits from CPM Therapy
CPM therapy has been implemented for multiple subsets of motor-impaired patients, including those affected by cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and stroke(s), leading to promising improvements in the following areas:

• Reduced Muscle Spasticity or Tightness

• Increased Range of Motion

• Improved Circulation

• Improved Gait

• Reduced Pain

• Improved Bowel & Bladder Functions

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