Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing capacity to change and adapt. It refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences.
Neuroplasticity is definitely a factor in recovery from brain injury. In fact, it is the basis for much of our cognitive and physical rehabilitation practices. Part of rehabilitation is aimed at trying to rebuild connections among the nerve cells — or neurons. This “re-wiring” of the brain can make it possible for a function previously managed by a damaged area to be taken over by another undamaged area. The connections among the cells are infinitely receptive to this type of change and expansion.
How does Walk-Ex promote Neuroplasticity?
After a stroke or a brain injury, a part of the brain responsible for motor control of one side of the body may get destroyed/damaged resulting into half body paralysis or extreme muscular weakness. The good news is that our brain has the capability to adapt to the new development; the brain cells close to the damaged cells have the ability learn the functions of the non functional cells and can regain muscle and motor control functions like before. But this isn’t an easy process and takes time.
The WalkEx is an advanced Neuroprosthetic that helps in rewiring the brain and also send compensatory signals through the nerves to the muscle and the brain to initiate muscle movement in order to prevent foot drop, knee locking and improve patients overall walking pattern.
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