Kinesiology, a key specialty for neurorehabilitation

When a person suffers a neurological injury, basic motor functions may be altered, ranging from loss of sensation, strength or reflexes to the inability to move or walk.

In the case of a musculoskeletal injury, the role of kinesiology is essential for recovery. In the case of a disorder affecting the brain and its motor functions, rehabilitation is in the hands of the neurokinesiology.

The neurokinesiology is a specialty dedicated to attend and rehabilitate people with nervous system injuries, with tools for a personalized rehabilitation, focused on functional objectives and the needs of each patient.

The neurokinesiology evaluates, diagnoses and treats all those disorders of the activities of daily living derived from any pathology of the nervous system pathology of the nervous system.

Its field of action allows to treat consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI), cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral palsy (CP), or neurodegenerative diseases, always with a view to recovering mobility, functionality and, with them, quality of life. recovering mobility, functionality and, with them, quality of life..

 

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The role of kinesiology in neurorehabilitation

The Association of Kinesiologists and Physiotherapists of Mendoza points out that injuries of the central nervous system require an interdisciplinary interdisciplinary team of professionals for the initial evaluation of the patient, in charge of a physiatrist, and the subsequent treatment.

After evaluation by physiatrists, as is the case with TrainFES, the role of the kinesiologist is fundamental since he/she must lead a treatment that is usually prolonged and intense, according to the complexity of the patient, and is the one who has the strongest and closest link with him/her. Therefore, in addition to the exercises and accompaniment, he fulfills a key task to provide confidence and security with a view to moving forward.

The experienced neurokinesiologist Jorge Diaz Araya, complements this view by stating that this specialty with a focus on neurorehabilitation is essential to achieve the ultimate goal that people with motor problems regain their independence. people with motor problems to regain their independence..

"At all ages and, depending on the location and extent of neurological involvement, motor and cognitive functions can be re-educated," he says.

The multidisciplinary approach is complemented by occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists, who work together due to the complexity of these patients.

Neuroplasticity: the brain can adapt

The neuroplasticity is the ability of the nervous system to modify itself and form connections in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, dysfunction or damage. This allows in cases of neurological or spinal cord injury, stroke or cerebral palsy, comprehensive rehabilitation to be possible. comprehensive rehabilitation.

While associated with learning that takes place in childhood, evidence shows that the brain can also change during adulthood to adapt to various circumstances. And it is this ability that makes functional rehabilitation possible despite injury or damage.

Thus, a person with motor paralysis is eligible for comprehensive rehabilitation, a person with motor paralysis can opt for an integral rehabilitation with a program that includes functional training, technology and permanent professional with a program that includes functional training, technology and permanent professional accompaniment to enable the neuronal relearning of lost movements.

Continuous training

A correct rehabilitation strategy must be based on continuous training. continuous trainingwith a high therapeutic load that promotes neuroplasticity. neuroplasticity and motor learning.

This is the aim of TrainFES by proposing a new standard of rehabilitation for motor-compromised users, with a unique neurorehabilitation methodologyThe new neurorehabilitation methodology, unique in the world, allows them to train every day at home, in addition to the face-to-face sessions.

This is possible thanks to a program led by neurokinesiologists, occupational professionals in neurokinesiology, occupational therapy and physiatry -among others- who determine the -among others, who determine the appropriate treatment for each person according to his or her injury, with specific exercises.

In order to progress towards the recovery of movement, the patient must perform specific exercises on a constant basis, in addition to the use of a functional electrostimulation device. functional electrostimulation device (FES) (FES), which applies painless electrical charges to a paralyzed or weak muscle to generate coordinated contractions. This makes it possible to execute functional movement patterns and promote motor relearning. motor relearning.

By combining daily training with innovative technologies, including the FES device and biofeedback sensors, training and ongoing virtual assessments, the TrainFES methodology achieves better therapeutic results in less time thanks to the continuity of treatment.

kinesiology in neurorehabilitation

Telerehabilitation: training at home

The telerehabilitation is a process that allows to continue a physical therapy treatment at home with the remote guidance of professionals and the support of different types of technologies.

In addition to the multidisciplinary approach and the permanent guidance, the methodology TrainFES methodology includes the most advanced technology to promote telerehabilitation:

  • FES device for electrostimulation of affected areas.
  • Inertial motion sensor, which synchronizes electrostimulation with daily life tasks and acts as biofeedback.
  • Smartphone application that allows you to receive daily exercises according to a plan designed in conjunction with specialists.

More sessions, better recovery

The TrainFES methodologymethodology, which encourages training at home, makes it possible to to increase the frequency of the exercises and thus accelerate the progress of the therapy according to the potential of each user.

The work of physiatrists, kinesiologists and occupational therapists, among others, allows the development of individualized training plans. individualized training plans so that users can have access to effective effective therapy every day.. This achieves the therapeutic continuity necessary to obtain the best results.

With technological innovation, medical accompaniment and a virtual rehabilitation platform that promotes training at home, the program allows up to 10 times more effective therapies than a conventional method, the program allows up to 10 times more effective therapies than with a conventional method, with a recovery potential equal to or better than in a face-to-face program.with a recovery potential equal to or better than a face-to-face program.

Thanks to the technology and the digital platform of the system, the training performed is quantified through data provided by the platforms used. With these measurements and standardized functional evaluations, professionals can review the results and set new goals for patients.

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