The importance of the quadruped animal model in functional neurorehabilitation for human biped
Keywords:Functional neurorehabilitation, central nervous system, neuroplasticity, neuromodulation, locomotor training, fitive locomotion, pyramidal, extrapyramidal, motor spinal input, central pattern generators.
Functional neurorehabilitation (FNR) is an alternative approach toÂ improve patientâ€™s quality of life. FNR has neuroanatomical foundationsÂ and is based on two properties of the central nervous system (CNS),Â which are present both in human biped and quadruped animal: neuroplasticity and neuromodulation. The dog and cat models, by their veryÂ own characteristics, become an evidence model for the human biped.Â In the human biped we can apply locomotor training according toÂ the norms of locomotor training for fitive locomotion in quadruped.
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