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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Learning to Crawl

An important part of my pracitice is neurorehabilitation. This is an effective form of treatment of various health conditions through repitition of a particular set of exercises designed to activate the nervous system. Clinical experience and the scientific literature supports the idea that activation of a neural pathway causes that pathway to become stronger and more efficient. This is called neuroplasticity.

A new study has demonstrated that new motor learning causes immediate sturctural change in the brains of mice and gives us a window on how this process may occur in humans. The researchers found that learning a new skill causes the formation of new connections between nerve cells in the brain and that these connections continue to strengthen through repitition of the new activity. Sort of like learning to crawl or ride a bike, once you learn and practice, you don't unlearn or forget.

This is exciting news for those of us in the field and it will be interesting to see how the research progresses.

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