Functional Movement /
Functional Movement exercises and whole body vibration have shown tremendous results in increasing strength and self-awareness while decreasing spasticity by stimulating sensory organs (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to activate the cortex.
- Vibration Plate: Increases the weight of gravity by 1.5x, making movements more challenging/activating. The frequency of the vibration effects muscle spindles and receptors, respectively. Slower vibration increases stress on the spindles which increase strength. Faster vibration increases the activity of the stretch receptors which increases flexibility; also stimulates lymph which increases immune system activity. Cerebellar integration is driven by vibration; collicular remapping becomes more effective due to increased awareness of joints. This therapy may be combined with visual stimulus to drive global integration. The red switch is the power, low frequency is considered between 2.5-3.5 hz, high frequency is between 5.5-6 hz. If adding visual stimulation, please see Airplay on the Tx Rm 3 iPad.
- Gait Protocol: Walking with stimulation, either binaural headphones, a TENS unit, a Rebuilder unit with up to 4 leads or a Bioness system. Gait protocols will be prescribed by the doctor with specific instructions as to the alignment of the head, shoulders, arms, hips, legs, and feet. Gait protocols may involve going from sitting to standing, walking across a room, navigating stairs or obstacles, utilizing a speed ladder, and more.
Preliminary results on the mobility after whole body vibration in immobilized children and adolescents
Effects of Exercise Interventions on Stereotypic Behaviours in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder