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Neurological Physical Therapy

Mario Bernardo-Filho

Rio de Janeiro State University

Head of the Laboratory of Mechanical Vibration and Integrative and Complementary Practices, Department of Biophysics and Biometry, Biology Institute Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Rio de Janeiro State University, organizer of national and international workshops and congresses, and a member of national and international scientific societies.


Danúbia Sá-Caputo

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo is the postdoctoral fellow of the Laboratory of Mechanical Vibration and Integrative Practices, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since 2016 and she is a professor and researcher in the Faculdade Bezerra de Araújo since 2017. Nowadays, she researches the biological, biophysical, and biomechanics effects in individuals with different clinical conditions and healthy individuals that are exposed to mechanical vibration in the vibrating platform.

Adérito Seixas

Fernando Pessoa University

Dr. Adérito Seixas graduated in Physiotherapy and specialized in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation. He received his MSc from the University of Porto (Portugal) for a thesis focused on the assessment of sensorimotor skills of athletes with and without disabilities and specialized in data analysis in the same university. He is also a board member of the European Association of Thermology and a member of several scientific societies.

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Redha Taiar

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Redha Taiar is a Professor at the University of Reims Champaign France. Head of RTBE society developed for sport and medical advice for the industry. His researches focus on industry engineering for medicine and high-level sport. Some of his last works include the conception and validation of anti-fatigue mats for the Notrax Society; the development of swimsuit for triathlon and swimming for Brazil Olympic Games (2016) and the suit fabrics for skiing Olympic Games at Sotchi in 2014.


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The organization of a movement is regulated by the nervous system, which is subdivided into the central nervous system (CNS), composed of the brain (brain, cerebellum and brain stem) and the spinal cord, and a peripheral nervous system (PNS), and of nerves that extend throughout the body. During voluntary movement, the cortical areas interact with the lower areas of the brain and spinal cord through the cortico-spinal motor pathway. When the disease occurs, this undesirable condition leads the individuals to develop impairments in movements, balance, tonus, spasticity for instance, and the Neurological Physical Therapy (NPT) can be applied. NPT focuses on the evaluation, treatment interventions and management of individuals with movement disorders due to diseases or impairments of structures related to the nervous system, such as brain, spinal cord or nerves. Moreover, NPT will be useful and will bring benefits for people who suffered a concussion, brain injury, stroke, or spinal cord injury, as well as with multiple sclerosis, vestibular injury or disease, and sequels related to viruses, as Lyme Disease and Guillain-Barre Disease. Individuals with congenital diseases and diseases that affect neurodevelopment can benefit from NPT.

In addition, NPT could be also suitable for individuals, mainly elderly, with history of falls and dizziness, or alteration of the balance that could be also stemming from sensory loss from peripheral neuropathy and foot drop (due to diabetes, chemotherapy or other condition). Indeed, NPT can contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of various clinical situations, restoring the mobility necessary to the execution of daily activities improving strongly the quality of life of the individual.

It is expected in this book that various clinical professionals and researchers in NPT can present their studies as chapters. This material will contribute to spread and to share the knowledge in NPT improving the clinical actions in various individuals with neurological conditions.

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Date completed: September 2nd 2020

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Review results due: February 17th 2021

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Mario Bernardo-Filho

Rio de Janeiro State University

Mario Bernardo-Filho is the Head of the Laboratório de Vibrações Mecânicas e Práticas Integrativas-LAVIMPI, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Policlínica Piquet Carneiro, UERJ. He finished the academic courses of Biomedicine, and Physiotherapy and obtained his PhD (1988). In 1999, he participated in a competition to be Full Professor (UERJ). He started and supervises researches (2010) involving integrative and complementary medicine (auriculotherapy and acupuncture) and mechanical vibrations generated in vibrating platform that produces whole body vibration exercises (WBVE) when a subject is in contact with a vibrating platform. Studies to evaluate the consequences of WBVE and extracts of medicinal plants in rats are ongoing. Investigations about the effects of the WBVE in individuals with different diseases and healthy people are ongoing too. He is the supervisor of Master of Sciences and PhD Thesis and participated in various national and international congress and lectured in various national and international congress. He is Editor in Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences, and Guest Editor of some scientific journals. He is the reviewer of several scientific journal indexed in the PubMed and Scopus.

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