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Exercise-mediated locomotor recovery and lower-limb neuroplasticity after stroke.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18566939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Assumptions that motor recovery plateaus within months after stroke are being challenged by advances in novel motor-learning-based rehabilitation therapies. The use of lower-limb treadmill (TM) exercise has been effective in improving hemiparetic gait function. In this review, we provide a rationale for treadmill exercise as stimulus for locomotor relearning after stroke. Recent studies using neuroimaging and neurophysiological measures demonstrate central nervous system (CNS) influences on lower-limb motor control and gait. As with studies of upper limbs, evidence shows that rapid transient CNS plasticity can be elicited in the lower limb. Such effects observed after short-term paretic leg exercises suggest potential mechanisms for motor learning with TM exercise. Initial intervention studies provide evidence that long-term TM exercise can mediate CNS plasticity, which is associated with improved gait function. Critical needs are to determine the optimal timing and intensities of TM therapy to maximize plasticity and learning effects.
Larry W Forrester; Lewis A Wheaton; Andreas R Luft
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1938-1352     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-20     Completed Date:  2009-03-31     Revised Date:  2009-05-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, Research Service, Baltimore, MD, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Gait Disorders, Neurologic / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Lower Extremity / innervation*,  physiopathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Motor Cortex / physiopathology
Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
Paresis / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Recovery of Function*
Stroke / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*

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