Functional Movement /
Therapeutic Exercise


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.

Research

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

Current Perspectives on Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Do external stimuli impact the gait of children with idiopathic toe walking? A study protocol for a within-subject randomized control trial

Effectiveness of functional progressive resistance exercise strength training on muscle strength and mobility in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial

WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION TRAINING COMPARED WITH RESISTANCE TRAINING: EFFECT ON SPASTICITY, MUSCLE STRENGTH AND MOTOR PERFORMANCE IN ADULTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

Preliminary results on the mobility after whole body vibration in immobilized children and adolescents

Promotion of the mind through exercise (PROMoTE): a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial of aerobic exercise training in older adults with vascular cognitive impairment

Using Computerized Posturography to Explore the Connection Between BMI and Postural Stability in Long-Term Tai Chi Practitioners

USING POSTUROGRAPHY TO ASSESS EXPERTISE AMONG TAI CHI PRACTITIONERS

Exercise counteracts declining hippocampal function in aging and Alzheimer’s disease

USING POSTUROGRAPHY TO MEASURE BALANCE CONTROL DURING SEATED TAI CHI

Neurodegenerative diseases: exercising toward neurogenesis and neuroregeneration

Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson’s disease.

Effects of Exercise on Mobility in People With Parkinson’s Disease

Relationship between physical activity and brain atrophy progression.

Effects of a maximal exercise test on neurocognitive function

Cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: the role of plasticity

The effect of exercise training in adults with multiple sclerosis with severe mobility disability: A systematic review and future research directions.