Question about hemiplegia

kkollins at kkollins at
Mon Oct 12 21:43:03 EST 1998

I've read some on Taub's work. It shows great promise. Encourage him if
you're in contact. ken

F. Frank LeFever wrote:

> I concur in Thomas Martin's response (v. infra).  I don't know of any
> magic cures, but do know a little about a relatively un-used appproach
> (so far), based on Ed Taub's findings with monkeys many years ago,
> which he has applied in human rehab work mmore recently. He and I were
> clasmates in grad school, so I am quite familiar with its origins but
> confess I don't know much about current applications.  A query from
> someone in Argentina a few weeks ago (to this newsgroup) indicates it
> is used WIDELY, even if not yet standard in US rehab work.
> Essentially, Ed's finding was that animals with APPARENTLY plegic arms
> were simply disused because of surgically altered afferent input (i.e.
> no sensation from the arm), but "forced use" by temporarily restraining
> the good arm restored the "plegic" arm's function--i.e. the monkey
> resumed using it to pick up food, etc.
> It is important to note that the motor nerves (ventral roots) were not
> cut, so it was not a pure paralysis; although some loss of tone due to
> lack of input seems likely.
> In hemiplegia due to stroke, much depends on location of stroke (as
> Thomas Martin points out); I would think that to the extent that some
> residual motor input was available but functionally inhibited because
> of concurrent sensory loss or higher order "inattention" (e.g. left
> neglect with right stroke), the technique might be helpful in human
> hemiplegia.
> Apparently others believe so and have demonstrated it--try a literature
> search (e.g. Medline) using Ed Taub as search term (author).
> F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
> New York Neuropsychology Group
> In <6vm797$1mp$1 at> "Thomas A. Martin"
> <TMartin at> writes:
> >
> >Eric,
> >
> >Hemiplegia or paralysis of your mothers right arm and leg indicate
> that she
> >likely sustained damage to the left side of her brain.  However, this
> >condition can occur from lesions in several locations within the
> central
> >nervous system (cerebral cortex, internal capsule, brain stem).  Your
> >mothers prognosis is dependent upon the location and severity of the
> damage.
> >Equally important is her attitude and motivation for therapy.  Having
> said
> >that you would expect the bulk of her recovery to have occurred within
> the
> >period between her stroke and now.  Nonetheless it is possible for her
> to
> >still experience some measurable improvement.  I'm not aware of any
> >literature supporting the use of acupuncture for hemiplegia.  Given
> the
> >organic damage which your mother has likely sustained I would be
> surprised
> >to find acupuncture helped a great deal.  But I have no real knowledge
> >regarding this treatment.  While this must be a trying time for your
> family,
> >keep up your fighting spirit.
> >
> >Tom Martin
> >
> >
> >
> >Eric Carioli wrote in message <6vm01s$7u$1 at>...
> >>I'm not sure it is the proper news group but I hope so : I hopelessly
> need
> >>advice.
> >>My mother had a brain attack about one and a half years ago and then
> has
> >>become hemiplegic. She had a six month phisiotherapy in a specialised
> >>re-education center right after her attack and it's now a beat
> better. But,
> >>despite that weak improvement, her right hand doesn't move yet today
> and
> >she
> >>has difficulties in walking.
> >>Is there any here who knows similar case of hemiplegia that has
> better
> >>improved and in which conditions ?
> >>Do you know treatment that can help my mother walking better, make
> her hand
> >>move ? What about acupuncture ?
> >>I am french and I'm sorry for my bad way of speaking English ...
> >>Anyway, thank you very much for your help.
> >>
> >>
> >>Eric CARIOLI
> >>Béthune (France)
> >>eric.carioli at
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >

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