The importance of the quadruped animal model in functional neurorehabilitation for human biped

Authors

  • Ângela Martins

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3823/1777

Keywords:

Functional neurorehabilitation, central nervous system, neuroplasticity, neuromodulation, locomotor training, fitive locomotion, pyramidal, extrapyramidal, motor spinal input, central pattern generators.

Abstract

Functional neurorehabilitation (FNR) is an alternative approach to improve patient’s quality of life. FNR has neuroanatomical foundations and is based on two properties of the central nervous system (CNS), which are present both in human biped and quadruped animal: neuroplasticity and neuromodulation. The dog and cat models, by their very own characteristics, become an evidence model for the human biped. In the human biped we can apply locomotor training according to the norms of locomotor training for fitive locomotion in quadruped.

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Published

2015-07-30

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation