Randomised Clinical Trial

The use of functional activities in therapy: An integration of the principles of motor control and the learning process

E. S. Bakkes, S. J. Groenewald, J. R. Hughes
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 52, No 2 | a634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v52i2.634 | © 2018 E. S. Bakkes, S. J. Groenewald, J. R. Hughes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 September 2018 | Published: 31 May 1996

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E. S. Bakkes, Centre for Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
S. J. Groenewald, Centre for Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
J. R. Hughes, Centre for Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

The successful rehabilitation of a patient following a CVA is largely dependent on the effective relearning of previous motor skills or the learning of new skills. An understanding of the components of motor function and control and the principles of the learning process is therefore essential. Functional activities may be used as an optimal means of combining these principles so as to improve the efficacy of physiotherapy treatment. Two case studies are used to illustrate this approach.


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