Science of TheraTogs: Neural Plasticity, Cortical Mapping & Massed Practice

The central nervous system continually adapts to repeated experiences by creating neural connections and tracts. This process is fundamental to sensorimotor development, [1] to the acquisition of skills in maintaining balance and completing tasks, and to rehabilitation efforts.[2] Developing infants learn to learn by engaging in immense and varied repetition – i.e. practice – of purposeful activities. Massed practice is evident as Karen E Adolph and her colleagues watched a typical toddler take 2368 steps and recover from 17 falls in one hour! [3]

TheraTogs’ Role in Cortical Mapping

The benefits of a therapy session can be transient without a rigorous and consistent home program. The real learning occurs with immense practice. The acquisition of postural control and effective movement and functional expertise are virtuoso skills. TheraTogs systems provide the clinician with the opportunity to send session gains home with the client and into daily life. They also provide the wearer with the opportunity to live in and learn improved functioning postural and joint alignment through massed practice, all day long, in the presence of increased somatosensory input.

References

  1. Gogtay N, Giedd JN, Lusk L, et al. 2004. Dynamic mapping of human cortical development during childhood through early adulthood. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 101(21):8174.
  2. Liepert J, Bauder H, Wolfgang HR, et al. 2000. Treatment-induced cortical reorganization after stroke in humans. Stroke. 31(6):1210-1206.
  3. Adolph KE, Cole WG, Komati M et al. 2012. How Do You Learn to Walk? Thousands of Steps and Dozens of Falls per Day. Psychoo Sci. 2012 23: 1387