This technique is used to treat children with motor impairments by improving and/or provoking a desired action with emphasis on alignment, sensory integration and function. Focuses on key areas such as:
Improving motor skills
Range of motion,
In the training of daily activities such as feeding, dressing and undressing
DMI uses a variety of movements and positions to stimulate neuroplasticity, allowing the child to develop new neunoral connections (brain-body). Exercises may include those that help improve the child’s posture and strength. Each exercise is repeated several times per session until the movement becomes automatic
DMI focuses on several main areas:
Gross motor skills
Gradual progression – Continuously increasing difficulty to encourage the child to respond more independently.
Alignment and postural control – All exercises focus on optimal alignment and stimulate postural control
Range of motion
Functional Movements – Improving skills leading to milestones such as rolling, sitting, standing and walking.
Somatosensory development – The powerful sensory information provided by the exercises sends afferent messages to the brain to create specialized synapses that coordinate balance, muscle control and movement.
Modifying tone, primitive reflexes, and abnormal patterns of movement
Global development – DMI focuses on gross motor skills, however, many other skills are developed as a by-product of this intensive intervention.
We stimulate neuroplasticity through a variety of exercises
In DMI we place the child in positions where gravity provides information that requires a motor response, expecting the child to complete the movement with progressively less assistance over time.
During a treatment session the child will complete many different exercises which provide novel and varied sensory and motor challenges and each exercise is repeated around 5 times. Exercises may be repeated from session to session until the movements become automatic, which results in improved balance and function. Exercises are conducted on a tabletop or the floor based on the child’s abilities.
DMI also works effectively in combination with other therapeutic techniques and therapeutic equipment. These are often combined in a session to provide better alignment and lead to optimal results. One of the most important aspects of DMI is the active participation of the child.
We treat any type of motor delay
Regardless of cognitive level and extent of neurological deficit or damage, children benefit from DMI as it is associated with stimulating neuroplasticity in the developing brain. Children diagnosed with any type of motor delay, including conditions such as:
Spinal cord lesions
Acquired brain injury
Children who are in high-risk groups, e.g. prematurely
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Here at Paidokinisi centre we use DMI therapy in our intensive sessions to ensure your child progresses quickly to meet the desired motor-related goals. We’re one of a few registered practitioners for DMI Level A therapy in Greece.
Modern and comfortable environment
Providing solutions for any cases
We co-operate with all insurance funds
We serve all South Suburbs of Athens
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