Functional Proprioceptive Stimulations
A groundbreaking technique
Now as a groundbreaking therapy technique, FPS enables patients to achieve neuroplasticity all along the patient recovery process, starting from the very acute stage, by using proprioception as the “entry point” in the sensory-motor loop, which is defined as the “perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.”
Triggering motor activities via proprioception
(1) Functional Proprioceptive Stimulations (FPS) are applied on the musculo-tendinous junction.
(2) FPS mechanically stimulate the muscle spindles, mimicking the sensory signals – 1a fibers
(3) of functional movements.
(4) This neurosensory trick activates related sensory-motor areas allowing patients to feel natural movements.
(5) Because sensory & motor systems are interdependent, the CNS then reacts by initiating corresponding movements.
In doing so, these stimulations can keep the patient’s sensorimotor interactions active, from the first stages after a trauma. Starting rehabilitation early is one of the key factors that aids in restoring patient sensorimotor functions and the regain of autonomy.
According to the clinical efficacy results published in NeuroImage Journal in 2012*, the sensorimotor network is preserved in subjects who underwent treatment using FPS for hand immobilization, while the sensorimotor network of subjects not treated with FPS was significantly altered.
Spinal cord injury