Functional Movement /
Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise and functional movement therapy with vibration shows concrete results in increasing strength and self-awareness while decreasing spasticity by stimulating sensory organs (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to activate the cortex.

What Is Functional Movement Therapy

Functional movement is very important for gait and mobility. It’s also very important to know where your body is in space, and where objects are. Our functional movement has two main parts: we have one part where we’re looking at which areas of the body aren’t firing appropriately. How are the muscles and the motor coordination? If it isn’t appropriate in an area, we focus on getting the coordination and motor function back, and getting people to be able to stand or walk again.

Why Vibration?

We utilize a large vibration plate during much of our functional movement therapy, for a multitude of different reasons. At the most basic level, vibration is a particularly complex stimulus for the brain to decode, and therefore helps to further drive neurological activation. Cerebellar integration is driven by vibration, and collicular remapping becomes more effective due to increased awareness of joints.

Vibration is also a powerful tool in restoring proprioception (sense of where your body is in space) and sensation in the feet. When a patient stands on the vibration plate during exercises such as gait therapy and tectal remapping, the bare feet pick up the vibration and send proprioceptive messages to the brain. This plays a large role in regaining a patient’s awareness of oneself in their environment, and help to speed up the process of regaining mobility.

The frequency of the vibration affects muscle spindles and receptors, respectively:

At lower frequencies:
Increases the weight of gravity by 1.5x, making movements more challenging and activating. Slower vibration increases stress on the spindles which increase strength.
At higher frequencies:
Increases the activity of the stretch receptors which increases flexibility. Also stimulates the lymphatic system which increases immune system activity.

Functional Movement Benefits

– Improve mobility
– Restoration of tectal mapping
– Improve motor function and coordination
– Reduce fall risk
– Refine spatial awareness
– Restore neuromuscular integrity and posture
– Increased strength and stretch of imbalanced muscle groups

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Functional Movement Treatment

Our functional movement therapy has two main parts:

Gait Protocol (for non-ambulatory patients):
Restoring a patient’s ability to walk requires expert analysis of neuromuscular deficits and the consistent facilitation of targeted exercises. We can accelerate this process significantly by coupling these gait exercises with stimulation, including our vibration plate, binaural headphones (TonePacer), a TENS unit, a Rebuilder unit, or a Bioness system.At Revive, we observe how muscles and motor coordination are in various areas of the patient’s body. When we find deficits, we focus on getting the coordination and motor function back. Gait protocols will be prescribed by the doctor with specific instructions as to the alignment of the head, shoulders, arms, hips, legs, and feet. At Revive, we observe how muscles and motor coordination are in various areas of the patient’s body. If it isn’t appropriate in an area, we focus on getting the coordination and motor function back, Gait protocols may involve going from sitting to standing, walking across a room, navigating stairs or obstacles, utilizing a speed ladder, and more.

Optimization (for ambulatory patients):
The other side of the coin for more optimization is for people who are ambulatory, but are bumping into things, dropping things, fumbling things, or they’re always a little bit anxious, or their car has scrapes all down one side. It’s because they’re having difficulty perceiving their environment and where their body is in their environment. A lot of our functional movement therapies involve vibration on our vibration plate, which helps efficiently drive the integration so the brain and body know where they are, they know where objects in their environment are, and the patient can be more successful in their day-to-day lives.

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Where Can I Get Functional Movement Therapy

Here at Revive in Denver, Colorado, we service patients from all over the world while they are here for treatment. We also provide functional movement services for our local communities in greater Denver, Boulder, Aspen, and Vail. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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Conditions That Benefit From Functional Movement

– Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
– Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
– Stroke
– Parkinson’s
– Alzheimer’s
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Other neurodegenerative disorders

Functional Movement in Clinical Research

Preliminary results on the mobility after whole body vibration in immobilized children and adolescents
Effects of Exercise Interventions on Stereotypic Behaviours in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Current Perspectives on Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Do external stimuli impact the gait of children with idiopathic toe walking? A study protocol for a within-subject randomized control trial

Effectiveness of functional progressive resistance exercise strength training on muscle strength and mobility in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial

Preliminary results on the mobility after whole body vibration in immobilized children and adolescents

Promotion of the mind through exercise (PROMoTE): a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial of aerobic exercise training in older adults with vascular cognitive impairment

Using Computerized Posturography to Explore the Connection Between BMI and Postural Stability in Long-Term Tai Chi Practitioners


Exercise counteracts declining hippocampal function in aging and Alzheimer’s disease


Neurodegenerative diseases: exercising toward neurogenesis and neuroregeneration

Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson’s disease.

Effects of Exercise on Mobility in People With Parkinson’s Disease

Relationship between physical activity and brain atrophy progression.

Effects of a maximal exercise test on neurocognitive function

Cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: the role of plasticity

The effect of exercise training in adults with multiple sclerosis with severe mobility disability: A systematic review and future research directions.

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