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Transcutaneous Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Transcutaneous Non-invasive neuromodulation refers to the use of new and emerging technologies to improve motor control acquisition and function in children and adults through the neuroplasticity of the nervous system. Craggs and McFarlane (1999), defined neuromodulation as "activity in one neural pathway modulating the pre-existing activity in another through synaptic interaction". Therapeutic treatment involves the use electrical stimulation with "stickers" placed on top of the skin for neuromodulation. A large number of recent studies and findings provide hope for improved outcomes for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and spinal cord injuries.

Girshin PT offers elective neuromodulation treatment case-by-case, working closely with the family, physicians, and health care team.

Non-invasive neuromodulation may improve ease of mobility, decrease spasticity, increase gait speed, increase balance and energy, vision processing, oral motor function, bladder and bowel control, and overall proprioceptive input. If you are interested in reading more on Dr. Reggie Edgerton's, Parag Gad, and Dr. Susan Hastings' pioneering work in the field of spinal stim, click here.

Dr. Kristin Girshin, physiotherapist, is a strategic advisor for SpineX, a clinical-stage bioelectric MedTech company working to bring the first non-invasive spinal stimulation device (SCiPTM) to market for the pediatric population, Kristin supports therapeutic treatment design for research purposes at SpineX’s Los Angeles clinic. She has provided treatment in studies ranging from 6 to 20 weeks, studying the effectiveness of the SCiP device in the pediatric and in the adult population. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a clinical trial, check out to learn more about hospital trials in your area.

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