The concepts of “Habit’ hiding the potential for full recovery or “Cure” of a child with mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy is new and new ideas are often met with scepticism. Fortunately, Habit Hides Recovery is a new concept that parents of a child with CP can test out for themselves, right now, at home.
I’m convinced that my forty-year medical career was on an unseen path leading me to this important point in my life – that all of my learning, all of the renowned teachers who retrained my brain to seek new solutions and to loathe the status quo, that all of those ingredients have boiled down to this simple, achievable goal – we can retrain the brain by going against the grain.
There is every reason to think that the next 10 years will bring more cures of cerebral palsy by either preventing or by treating the early brain damage that is the root cause. A cure for some and improvement for all is my personal goal and I do not think that this position is a false hope. The results of […]
This news report from San Diego is about some remarkable improvements in a young child with hemiplegia treated with her own stored cord blood cells. This is very good news for parents who have access to their baby’s cord blood. This is the link to the report on this child’s treatment. It is well worth watching…it starts after a short […]
This young boy with left sided hemiplegia walks with a limp but runs well both with and without his AFO. His usual walk with a limp was learned early with the damaged, immature brain. It is more fluid run was learned later with the recovered, more mature brain.
Children with a C5-6 brachial plexus birth injury initially have difficulty raising their hand over their head. This young girl has the typical “lift your arm” posture. It is an early learned habit. Doing jumping jacks, she can easily elevate her shoulder. New skills demonstrate recovery masked by habit.
Seeing Christine on the tennis court, it is hard to believe that she was born with choreoathetosis, a type of cerebral palsy that affects all 4 limbs and speech. Christine is living proof that adults with cerebral palsy and other early neurological problems can continue to improve throughout life. Our old beliefs that adults would necessarily deteriorate as they age are not necessarily true.
Medical knowledge is doubling every 5-10 years. In the fields of neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, sports and exercise physiology it may even be faster. However, one of the major problems confronting families and their health care teams is availability. Please consult your physician and therapists before trying any of these suggestions.