Research Suggests Early Postural Training Could Mitigate Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

People with cerebral palsy (CP) often have problems with postural control, which can interfere with basic activities of daily life such as reaching, sitting, or walking. A lack of information on the developmental trajectory of these postural issues has made it difficult for medical professionals to optimize interventions. However, recent research provides some answers, which may influence therapeutic strategies. Research on Infants at Very High Risk of Cerebral Palsy Anke G. Boxum and colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands recently conducted a study on postural control in infants at very high risk of developing cerebral palsy. Their subjects were 38 infants between 4.7 and 22.6 months old (21 months corrected age), who had severe brain lesions (such as those in cystic periventricular leukomalacia [cPVL]) or clear neurological signs of being at risk of cerebral palsy. The authors conducted longitudinal electromyography recordings on their subjects and calculated…

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