What is the functional utilization approach to developing motor control in a hemiplegic shoulder?

Updated: Feb 08, 2019
  • Author: Robert Gould, DO; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
  • Print


Assuming normal stages of recovery following stroke, Brunnstrom encouraged reflex tensing in order to develop flexor and extensor synergies during early recovery. According to Reding, induced synergistic reflexes transition into voluntary activation through central facilitation when applied to physiotherapy. [63] Functional utilization uses techniques such as tonic stretches and voice commands to elicit muscle contractions.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!