Where’s the Physio in Creativity? … Minding the Gap. This month let’s explore head-on the question, “I’m a physiotherapist, what’s ‘physio’ about creativity?” At first glance, the topic of creativity might seem better relegated to the arts then our science. My intention this month is to change our view of what we’re doing as physio’s and how PT is the act of creating and therefore creative.
The research that is emerging on neuroplasticity in rehabilitation is a treasure trove to begin forming our new understanding of how create during every PT intervention. In October I had the privilege to listen to Dr. Jeffrey Kleim, PhD of the Arizona State University School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering provide a continuing education lecture on the this neuroplastic research in rehabilitation. Fortunately much of the lecture’s information is available here for your enjoyment in this 75 minute video: http://vimeo.com/4633866 . Dr. Kleim’s work is easy to understand as he breaks down his positions in a thoughtful, engineer-like order of presentation. Through his research he’s come up with 6 key behavioral signals that facilitate neuroplastic change. Think of them as your palette of therapeutic paint colors to create real anatomical and physiologic changes in function for your own use and your patient.
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