Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
IM training helps those with MS get on with their daily lives!
Nerve fibers are the brain’s information highways; they carry electrical impulses to muscles, glands and other neurons. These nerves fire several times per second and they must be protected by a myelin sheath. It is very similar to the insulation around common electrical wires. Your brain is always on, so these fibers are always on.
Normally, the process goes along smoothly, but with multiple sclerosis (MS), T-cells, variations of white blood cells used by the immune system, attack the myelin sheath that protects axons. This causes lesions or plaque scars, especially on the white matter of the brain stem, spinal cord, basal ganglia and optic nerve. The combination of the scarring and inflammation damages the protective myelin sheath. Although the body can repair some of the damage, eventually the degenerative effects of the attacks become too much and the axon loses its ability to send any sort of usable signal.
As the body attacks some nerve fibers, it is important to make sure the remaining functional brain networks are working at their peak. Restoring the critical timing and rhythm to functional brain networks helps to improve neural efficiency and communication. That is because timing is a domain-general mechanism. The domain-general mechanism of timing is a “jack of all trades” mechanism that manifests itself in walking, fine motor control, speech patterns, ability to attend over time and overall efficacy of brain communication.
Interactive Metronome® (IM) has been shown to improve many of the areas that are affected by multiple sclerosis, including: coordination, fine motor skills, fluency, focus, memory, planning and sequencing and spatial awareness. IM is a patented and unique training tool that challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, providing real-time millisecond feedback to help synchronize the body’s “internal clock.”
Interactive Metronome® is committed to helping people regain lost mobility, overcome cognitive deficits and get on with their daily lives. Margaret wanted to get on with her life after the devastating news that her physical and mental degeneration was due to MS. She knew from her nursing background that there was no cure and that MS would continue to rob her of her functional mobility. She decided to take action! Her OT began IM training and the results were amazing. Margaret is back to her garden and she can be seen walking around the neighborhood again.
With IM-Home®, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Some days it just hurts worse to get up and go to therapy. No more worrying about fitting training into your schedule, the pain or the cost of reaching your Provider. Now, you can complete your training under the supervision of your therapist, but in the comfort of your own living room, bedroom, office, etc. Ask your Provider about IM-Home® today!
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For help with Multiple Sclerosis and many related conditions, look for Providers with our “Neuromuscular” badge on our Provider Locator Board. Also, Providers with these badges have additional training with similar disciplines and symptoms: Adult Motor, Combining IM and Home Health/SNF
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