Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity in Rehabiliation
Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity in Rehabiliation.
Here’s a brief summary of an excellent paper by Boudreau et al from Manual Therapy. Patrick Ward and I had a brief discussion about this paper and since we found great benefit in its contents, I thought I would share some of it with you.
The purpose of this paper was to summarize several important aspects of motor-skill training for enhancing musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Cortical Neuroplasticity: a dynamic feature of life that encompasses functional or morphological change in properties of neurons (connection strength, represenational patterns, neuron reorganization.
- Positive changes: improvements in motor performance
- Negative changes: decreases in performance, such as in the presence of chronic pain (low back pain resulting in decreased cortical spinal drive in lumbar musculature and subsequent shift in somatosensory representation)