Giselher Schalow

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Coordination dynamic therapy can improve central nervous system (CNS) functioning. Healthy, injured and malfunctioning CNS can substantially improve in its functioning. Patients have been treated so far successfully after spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (and after surgery for brain tumors), stroke, encephalitis and brain injury at birth (cerebral palsy). The condition of patients with myelomeningocele, multiple sclerosis and idiopathic scoliosis also improved. The relevant publications in international journals are those mentioned under [1-7].

The coordination dynamic therapy should be intensive, should be performed for a long time, and should be supervised by therapists with theoretical and practical knowledge: 15,000 coordinated integrative movements per day (~ 4 hours exercising), 5.5 times per week, for 3 months to 2 years. Coordination dynamic therapy is a learning therapy. Similar principles hold as in sports or at school. With 2 hours motor learning per week you will not win the Olympic games, and with 2 hours school attendance per week you will not manage high-school. Theoretical and practical knowledge of the therapist is necessary to adapt the therapy to the stage of the CNS repair. A quantification of CNS repair is necessary (1) to understand the CNS changes in the patient and to adapt the therapy to the functional stage of the repair, (2) to motivate the patient for further exercising, (3) to get financial support for treatment, and (4) to do research (to e.g. increase the efficiency of the therapy). The improvement of CNS functioning has so far been measured by the improvement of the movements (e.g., the speed of crawling, walking or running) and directly by measuring coordination dynamics between arm and leg movements.

Places where you can receive the treatment: or (in Tartu, Estonia): The special coordination dynamics therapy and recording device is manufactured by: Combo AG, Switzerland.

Even though the special coordination dynamics therapy and measuring device and the treadmill are very good and important devices for neurotherapy, detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of the therapist is necessary to achieve a substantial and efficient repair after CNS injuries.

Selected papers

  1. Schalow, G. and Zch, G.A.: Reorganization of the Human CNS. Neurophysiologic measurements on the coordination dynamics of the lesioned human brain and spinal cord. Theoretical basis for modern neurorehabilitation (31 case reports). Gen. Physiol. Biophys. 19, Suppl. 1: 11-240, 2000.
    (Abstract, Introduction and Summary of the theory) (Download in pdf format: Part 1; Part 2)

  2. Schalow, G.: On-line measurement of human CNS organization. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 41: 225-242, 2001.

  3. Schalow, G.: Time axis calibration in human CNS organization for judging dysfunction. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 41: 485-505, 2001.

  4. Schalow, G.: Stroke recovery induced by coordination dynamic therapy and quantified by the coordination dynamic recording method. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 42: 85-104, 2002.

  5. Schalow, G.: Improvement after traumatic brain injury achieved by coordination dynamic therapy. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 42: 195-203, 2002.

  6. Schalow, G.: Non-drug induced spasticity reduction achieved by coordination dynamic therapy. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 42: 281-293, 2002.

  7. Schalow, G.: Recovery from spinal cord injury achieved by 3 months of coordination dynamic therapy. Electromyogr. Clin. Neurophysiol. 42: 367-376, 2002.