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Basing ourselves on our own research, Clinique Neuro-Outaouais has created a unique program of Intensive Post-Stroke Rehabilitation which combines repetitive Transcrannial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) with neuro-physiotherapy.

Introduction and goal of the program

In addition to being the first private clinic to offer repetitive Transcrannial Magnetic Stimulation in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, Clinique Neuro-Outaouais has been developing, in its NeuroGym, a complete program offering neuro-physiotherapy for the rehabilitation of people with various types of neurological issues, (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and post-stroke recovery, mostly).

After having conducted many studies which demonstrated the effectiveness of combining these two techniques in post-stroke rehabilitation, Clinique Neuro-Outaouais has created a unique program of intensive rehabilitation for these patients.

Basing our strategy on neuroplasticity (the ability to recreate connections between neurons in a damaged portion of the brain), the objective of this program is to reestablish an event-related potential in the injured limb(s). In other words, the ability of limb(s) to respond to electric stimulation originating in the brain.

The return of this event-related potential then makes voluntary mobility possible and, with time, increasing functionality of the damaged limb(s).

For more information on neuroplasticity and the dogma associated with post-stroke recovery plateaux, please read this blog post from Dr. Jacques (french only).

 

Details of the program

The post-stroke rehabilitation program generally lasts one month, with one or two half-hour sessions per week of rTMS, (45 minutes for the first, and every 10th session), followed directly by a one hour session of neuro-physiotherapy.

Repetitive Magnetique Transcrannial Stimulation can be used to stimulate or inhibit specific locations of the brain. At the beginning of the program, we focus on the inhibition of the non-affected portion of the brain, encouraging the damaged portion, which controls the affected limb, to recreate lost neurological connections. As we continue with the program, the inhibition of the non-affected area is gradually replaced with stimulation of the damaged part of the brain, in order to encourage new neural connections.

The neuro-physiotherapy we provide following rTMS treatments is a mix of neuro-motor rehabilitation exercises that we’ve developed in our NeuroGym.

 

Our Team

Nom Responsabilité
Dr. François Jacques Neurologist, Program Director
Jannie Fortin Electrodiagnostic Technologist
Alexandre Desrochers Physiotherapist Assistant

Additional Information

(french only)

La stimulation magnétique transcrânienne à l’étude chez les victimes d’AVC

La stimulation magnétique transcrânienne et la stimulation électrique fonctionnelle : des outils émergents au secours des cliniciens!

 

 

 

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