David WilcoxOTR/L, is the Clinical Applications Manager at the science-based solutions provider Biodex Medical Systems. In addition to nuclear and physical medicine products, Biodex also offers medical imaging solutions.

The Importance of Staff Engagement

In recent decades, neural plasticity has been widely accepted as a common occurrence among researchers and clinicians alike. Incorporating activity-dependent neural plasticity principles in therapy drives the Central Nervous System (CNS) to change and adapt following injury, leading to improved functional outcomes. 

This course will discuss the well-researched activity-dependent principles driving neural plasticity that guide therapists in the treatment of their patients with CNS impairments. 

It will also briefly touch upon the current state of clinical therapy practice as it relates to those principles. Lastly, this course will review technology- and non-technology-based solutions that incorporate those principles and the importance of outcome-based test measures that coincide with treatment. 

Webinar objectives: 

  • Define three activity-dependent principles that drive neural plasticity in Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders
  • Find research that supports each of the activity-dependent principles discussed in this course that drive neural plasticity
  • Describe common therapy practices in the clinic that may not induce CNS changes required to achieve optimal patient function
  • Identify technology- and non-technology-based solutions used in clinics that incorporate these principles
  • Evaluate the importance of outcome-based test measures

Neural Plasticity Definition

Whether through injury, stroke or cognitive decline from aging, the brain’s ability for recovery is crucial to well-being. According to the National Library of Medicine, neural plasticity (often referred to as “brain plasticity”) refers to the “capacity of the nervous system to modify itself, functionally and structurally, in response to experience and injury.” 

10 Activity-Dependent Principles that Drive Neural Plasticity

In this first section, David walks through the 10 activity-dependent principles that drive neural plasticity before diving deeper into three of them: intensity, task specificity and repetition. He goes on to explain why these three are the most important for brain plasticity.

Common Therapy Practices in the Clinic that May Not Induce CNS Changes Required to Achieve Optimal Patient Function

Here, Wilcox discusses common practices that explain why caregivers are falling short and what can be done to promote better and more effective practices.

Non-Technology & Technology-Based Solutions Used in Clinics That Incorporate These Principles

Building off what we’ve learned so far about neural plasticity principles, David takes the listeners through a series of solutions ranging from strength training and range of motion stretching to balance interventions and technology-based solutions.

The Importance of Outcome-Based Test Measures

David closes the webinar by explaining the importance of outcome-based test measures for neural plasticity.

Biodex Machine Demonstrations

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