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Neuromuscular Re-education

Neuromuscular re-education is a technique used by rehabilitation therapists to restore normal movement.  Together, your nerves and muscles work to produce movements.  Nerves send signals between your muscles and your brain  about when, where, and how fast to move. It is a complex process.  Theorists believe that over time, nerve tracts are reinforced and muscle movement (motor) patterns are learned and stored in your memory.  For example, this explains why you remember how to go up steps and automatically know how to adjust your movements for tall or short steps.
 
Muscle movement patterns are affected when nerves or muscles experience damage or injury.  This can result from trauma, medical conditions, and neurological conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.  Neuromuscular re-education is one method used by rehabilitation therapists to facilitate the return of normal movement in persons with neuromuscular impairments.  
 

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