An update on brain plasticity for physical therapists

Schabrun, Siobhan M., Ridding, Michael C. and Chipchase, Lucinda S. (2013) An update on brain plasticity for physical therapists. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 34 1: 1-8. doi:10.3233/PPR-2012-0009

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Author Schabrun, Siobhan M.
Ridding, Michael C.
Chipchase, Lucinda S.
Title An update on brain plasticity for physical therapists
Journal name Physiotherapy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2213-0683
2213-0691
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3233/PPR-2012-0009
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
3609 Occupational Therapy
2742 Rehabilitation
Abstract The understanding that the human brain is capable of structural and functional change throughout life has significant implications for the future of physical therapy. Cortical plasticity impacts on many areas of physical therapy including clinical practice, research and education. Although the principles of plasticity underpin developments in neurological physical therapy, relevance to musculoskeletal physical therapy is still emerging. How will key areas of musculoskeletal physical therapy change as our understanding of plasticity advances? If cortical plasticity can be harnessed, new plasticity-based therapies, that enhance performance in healthy individuals and improve pain and function in patient populations, have the potential to become the cornerstone of musculoskeletal physical therapy. In addition, common physical therapy techniques, such as electrical stimulation, require reconsideration of their clinical efficacy and application in light of new discoveries in neuroscience. The aim of this appraisal is to provide an update on brain plasticity for physical therapists in relation to clinical practice, research and education.
Keyword Cortical plasticity
Education
Electrical Stimulation
Physical therapy
Research
Treatment
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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