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Using neuroplasticity

The brain can reorganize itself and (re)learn movements

 

The Central Nervous System has the capability to restructure, if damaged nerve tissue has led to a loss of motor skills. Due to the so called neuroplasticity it is possible to adapt to changed conditions and to relearn specific movements.

 

 

Neurons in the healthy parts of the brain are able to adopt tasks of the damaged tissue; to achieve that goal they literally need “Stimulation”. 

The Stimulation is triggered from two directions: the patient supports the process cognitively by imagining the movement of the paralyzed limb, and the paralyzed muscle is stimulated electrically by mentastim.

 

 

Basic requirements for learning motor skills:

  • Motivation
  • Frequent repetitions
  • Positive feedback

 

mentastim combines the principle of motor learning with the ability of neuroplasticity.

 

The imagination of a movement increases the electrical potential of a muscle, which is measured by mentastim as an electromyogram (EMG). Through the electrodes of the device the muscle will be electrically stimulated which gives the positive feedback to the brain of the planned movement. 

By the time the brain relearns how to use the muscle through the positive feedback and the frequent repetitions.

Initiation of movement

Der willkürmotorische Kreislauf mit mentastim