Neuromuscular re-education is a technique used by our therapists to restore normal movement. Together, nerves and muscles work to produce movements. Nerves send signals between your muscles and brain to help tell your child about when, where, and how fast to move. It is a complex process. It is believed that over time, nerve tracts are reinforced and muscle movement (motor) patterns are learned and stored in your memory. For example, this explains why your child will remember how to go up steps and automatically know how to adjust your movements for tall or short steps. Muscle movement patterns are affected when nerves or muscles experience damage or injury. This can result from trauma, medical conditions, and neurological conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Your child's neuromuscular re-education will consist of repetitive movements, posturing, and stimulation designed to reinforce nerve signals for functional movements. It is theorized that when the nerve signals are "retrained" and appropriate muscle movements are repeated, movement patterns become automatic again. We utilize neuromuscular re-education along other types of treatment to promote functional muscle movement.