Neuroplastic Beats Spastic

June 2, 2021

OVERVIEW: Now the one thing that they do have is finger flexion. And often therapists think you cannot let them flex their fingers because if you do you will strengthen the overwhelmingly strong flexors; and if you do that you will make the spasticity worse – which is NOT true. Spastic muscles are weak so even if you strengthen them it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But you’re not trying to strengthen them; you’re just trying to activate them. How are you gonna re-establish brain control over the finger flexors if you don’t allow them to flex the fingers? But what about a ball – a squishy ball? Who doesn’t like a squishy ball? You squish into the ball, it re-establishes brain control over the flexors thereby reducing spasticity. That’s the whole thing.

EPISODE SUMMARY: This episode of NOGGINS & NEURONS: Stroke and TBI Recovery Simplified is all about spasticity. In this deep dive we learn:

  • What spasticity is and is not
  • That spasticity is under-treated
  • The impact of untreated spasticity on the body and survivor quality of life
  • Understanding spasticity from the Neuroplastic Model

Pete shares his in-depth knowledge about spasticity in this informative episode of Noggins And Neurons. Deb’s brain kicks into OT gear and attempts to process information Pete shares – some of it as she hears it for the first time. This must listen episode will change the way some of us think about spasticity while also giving everyone ways to think about it that will ultimately benefit the survivor.

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Evidence for the "neuroplastic model of spasticity reduction"

 CIT decreases spasticity and “pathological” synergies

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