Shaping Early Reorganization

September 2016: Volz et al (2016) Shaping early reorganization of neural networks promotes motor function after stroke. Cerebral Cortex, 26(6), 2882-2894 10.1093/cercor/bhw034

This is such impressive research because it’s so “cutting edge”! These researchers are amoung some of the most influential in this field. The intervention they’ve investigated is intermittent theta-burst stimulation applied just before physiotherapy that’s targeting upper limb recovery. The outcomes they’ve assessed are hand function and cortical excitability. This is a multi-modal intervention which aligns with the recovery approach of the future.  To find out more, go to the abstract under Journal Club 2016. The full article is feely available at:

To find “humble opinion”, scroll down to the comment section at the base of this Journal Club page. I know that neuroplasticity literature can sometimes be hard to understand, but my advice is to read it anyway – an understanding of neuroplasticity and the brain’s response after stroke is just far, far to important to not be reading this literature!

2 thoughts on “Shaping Early Reorganization

  1. Jenny Wilkinson

    Thanks Isobel, I certainly am glad to have joined your blog posts. Thanks again for the education at Nowra last week. My current practice in community rehab certainly will be making some positive changes from the research evidence presented.



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