Brain activity during complex foot movements can be assessed in healthy control subjects and paraplegic/tetraplegic patients. Functional nuclear spin resonance tomography (magnetic resonance tomography) is a particularly fascinating method of seeing human brains ‘at work. The results, particularly those from the patient group, will allow conclusions to be drawn on the central organisation of movement and the highlight the compensation abilities of patients with spinal cord injuries. The knowledge gained will then be incorporated into practice in the aim of developing and improving therapy methods for different groups of patients.
Cortical representation of movements after SCI
Sabina Hotz, Dr. phil.