Motor Imagery utilizes your focused attention to activate your brain’s electrical signals into formulating the desired movements, just as in physical practice, only on a much smaller scale. The imagery helps re-create motor patterns and muscle memory by acting as a form of practice without voluntarily moving a muscle. Your brain begins to see how you want the signals to be sent, when you want them to be sent, and how great or small of a magnitude to send the signal when you imagine the physical practice. Largely, the movements you are training are based on actions you have done before, therefore, the brain has a basis of muscle memory for which to build on. Further, when imagining an action, you can even begin to train your brain to modulate the sensation signals within your body. In other words, you can begin to quiet and turn off the pain signal when performing a previously painful movement pattern. The brain training occurring during Motor Imagery manifests results similar to physical practice because you are creating, through mental practice, a new motor pattern. All motion is simply a series of electrical signals; whether they are manifested via physical practice or mental practice, the result of better, quality movement is possible.
At Advance Physical Therapy, we offer a scripted form of Motor Imagery to assist you in your healing journey. This approach simply requires you to sit still with your eyes closed and listen to a script as it is read to you. That’s it! No movement, just focus. Your brain is the epicenter for all functioning, now you get to uncover the power of your mind and unleash a more well-rounded, holistic path to total wellness.
Please contact our office for more information and see how this approach can assist in your healing!