Priming the brain to learn: The future of therapy?

Schabrun, Siobhan M. and Chipchase, Lucinda S. (2012) Priming the brain to learn: The future of therapy?. Manual Therapy, 17 2: 184-186. doi:10.1016/j.math.2011.12.001

Author Schabrun, Siobhan M.
Chipchase, Lucinda S.
Title Priming the brain to learn: The future of therapy?
Journal name Manual Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-689X
Publication date 2012-04
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2011.12.001
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 184
End page 186
Total pages 3
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Neuromodulatory techniques with the ability to alter cortical excitability are gaining interest for their potential to enhance the brain’s sensitivity to traditional therapies. Neuromodulatory techniques that prime the brain prior to manual or exercise therapy hold therapeutic promise for enhancing clinical outcomes in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. The integration of these techniques into physiotherapy practice represents an exciting opportunity for the therapists of the future. Here, an overview is provided of three neuromodulatory techniques (peripheral electrical stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) and the potential implications of these techniques for therapists discussed. Understanding these techniques and their therapeutic implications will ensure that therapists are well positioned to contribute to their clinical translation and adoption into clinical practice in an appropriate time frame. A therapeutic landscape defined by neuromodulatory techniques and improved clinical outcomes across a range of conditions is no longer far-fetched.
Keyword Cortical neuroplasticity
Non-invasive brain stimulation
Peripheral electrical stimulation
Physical therapy
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 24 December 2011

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